DNA Testing for Immigration

Heated debates about immigration have flooded the news in recent months. Questions and concerns about admitting refugees have been on high, and American immigration policies have been under scrutiny.

We partner with AABB-accredited labs for immigration DNA testing, and that means that we are knowledgeable about biological relationships, and how they are established and confirmed during the process of immigration.

The immigration process  begins with a petition. Here’s how DNA testing fits into everything.

DNA Testing for Immigration Purposes

When is a DNA test necessary for immigration?

DNA testing is a required part of the immigration process when no credible evidence supporting an alleged biological relationship exists between the visa applicant and the petitioner. An applicant can usually provide legal, accepted documentation such as birth certificates and photos.

When this info is absent, however, a Consular Officer will suggest that applicants pursue DNA testing to prove the legitimacy of their stated relationship.

How does DNA testing for immigration work?

If it is determined that DNA testing should be pursued to make the application stronger, both the visa applicant and the petitioner must provide samples to be tested.

Petitioner

The first step for a petitioner is finding an accredited facility, or a collections site that works with an AABB-accredited laboratory such as ARCpoint Labs. The petitioner should then visit the collection site and have a buccal (cheek) swab DNA sample collected. The facility then sends the DNA sample to the lab following all chain of custody procedures to ensure court admissibility and accuracy of test results.

Visa Applicant

The process is a little different for the visa applicant. The AABB-accredited lab the petitioner works with sends the DNA test kit for the applicant to the Consulate in the applicant’s country or to the U.S. Embassy. When the Consulate or Embassy provides the kit, they contact the visa applicant directly, who then arranges payment fo rthe DNA test, and then goes to the Embassy or Consulate to provide a sample.

Results

Once testing is complete, the AABB lab in the U.S. delivers the results to the Embassy or Consulate, and a representative contacts the applicant so his or her application process can continue.

Immigration DNA Testing Collections from ARCpoint Labs

If you need DNA testing for immigration as a petitioner, contact ARCpoint Labs today. We will get the process started with our AABB-accredited partners.

Why Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™?

Think of your favorite Halloween memories from your childhood.

Chances are they involve costumes, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and lots and lots of candy.

For the 1 in 13 children who have food allergies, though, Halloween can have a less-happy association: the time spent sorting through the candy bucket and tossing out the treats that can’t be consumed.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has taken steps to change the holiday for these kids, making it more inclusive and friendly for those with food allergies. Here’s how.

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The Basics on Testicular Cancer Every Man Should Know

We’ve written briefly about testicular cancer on Your Health Your Choice before, pointing out that all men should conduct regular self-examinations to catch the disease before it progresses too far.

Since April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we want to provide a little more information about this form of cancer. We’re sharing the key facts all men should know, including signs and risk factors of testicular cancer and preventative measures to take.

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Know Your Numbers This New Year With Basic Lab Tests

Happy New Year from ARCpoint Labs!

2015 is officially upon us, and if you’ve made resolutions, you may be among the 1/3 of people who have made weight loss, fitness, or health a priority.

We encourage a healthy diet and exercise at ARCpoint Labs, but know that sometimes, making goals to “work out more” and “eat better” doesn’t work if you don’t have benchmarks to measure your success.

Here’s why you should use basic lab tests to know your numbers this new year — and which lab tests are necessary for your health resolutions!

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Where to Start After an HIV Positive Diagnosis

While most people recognize the importance of regular HIV testing, it’s likely that many never consider what to do when the worst occurs and an HIV positive diagnosis is given.

As with other potentially fatal diseases, when someone learns they are HIV positive, they can often experience shock, disbelief, grief, fear, anger, or a combination of all these emotions.

However difficult it may be, the days after your HIV positive diagnosis should not be stalled by inaction. You need to move forward and give yourself the best foundation for living with your disease.

Read on to learn what to do after you learn you are HIV positive.

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Men: How to Monitor Your Health

For many men, thoughts about wellness only arise when symptoms and problems appear and necessitate a trip to the doctor. Unfortunately, by that point some health issues have progressed further than they should have, leading to more lasting damage.

With Men’s Health Week winding down soon, we’re sharing some ways that men can monitor their own health on a regular basis.

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The Importance of Physical Fitness for Adults 65+

May is an important month for senior citizens’ health. There are many awareness designations celebrated this month that apply to seniors, including:

  • Older Americans Month
  • Senior Citizens Month
  • Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • Osteoporosis Prevention Month
  • Stroke Awareness Month

In honor of all of these special designations, we’re sharing why it’s important that adults 65+ stay active.

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Does Getting Better Sleep Help With Weight Loss?

The #1 health struggle for many Americans — as well as the #1 New Year’s resolution — is weight loss.

While many people focus on diet and exercise as a means to cut down the pounds, there are other lifestyle adjustments you can make to aid your weight loss efforts. One such way to achieve weight loss while improving your overall health? Try getting a good night’s sleep.

What does sleep have to do with weight loss? Read more about the connection below.

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The Basics on Colorectal Cancer

Although colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, it’s a disease that receives less attention than it should. That’s why President Bill Clinton established March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2000.

Who is at greatest risk for colorectal cancer, and how can you best protect yourself against the disease? In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we’re sharing the basics on colorectal cancer.

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Federal Rule Now Grants Patients Quicker Access to Lab Results. What Does This Mean For Your Health?

At ARCpoint Labs, our goal is to get you the answers you seek by providing quick, confidential walk-in testing for individuals and employers.We pride ourselves on our timely, reliable services.

A new federal rule that was recently announced has made it even easier for our nationwide locations to provide results. As the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday, February 3, 2014, patients are now allowed direct access to their lab results without a health care professional go-between.

What’s the reasoning behind this new lab report law, and how will it impact your health? We have the details below.

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