DNA Test for Immigration
It is often necessary for sponsors of applicants wishing to immigrate to the United States to provide evidence of their family relationships, prior to being granted a U.S. visa or residency. These days, it is becoming more common for the US to request indisputable proof in the form of DNA test between the applicant and the sponsor. For example, if a son is living in the US, and trying to bring over his mother from another country, he might be asked to take a maternity test. For the US Government, a DNA test is a valuable tool to determine whether or not a biological relationship exists with another person when there is no other reliable evidence. The most common relationships that DNA testing is used to establish during the process are maternity, paternity, full siblings, or half siblings. (DNA testing is not as dependable when it comes to proving more distant family relationships, and the US Immigration and Naturalization Service tends not to request tests to prove cousins).
Getting an Immigration DNA test
1. Lab Selection
If a U.S. visa applicant is requested to provide a DNA test, they can begin by selecting a qualified laboratory. The U.S. State Department will only accept DNA tests from a laboratory that’s been approved by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Health Street works exclusively in partnership with AABB certified labs.
2. Submission of Specimen in U.S.
A U.S. visa petitioner cannot directly obtain a test kit for themselves or their beneficiaries. They must make an appointment to go to an approved location, where their specimens will be collected by a professional (such as at Health Street). The clinic will then send the specimens to the lab. prepaid envelope to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the petitioner’s relatives are located.
3. Shipping to Home Country
When the lab receives the local specimens, it will ship a collection kit to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the home country of the applicants. Once a DNA kit is received at the designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate from an approved laboratory in the United States, the visa applicant will be given an appointment to come in and provide a DNA sample.
4. Shipping Back to the U.S.
Once the specimens of the applicants are collected and sent back to the U.S. based AABB Certified Laboratory, the actual test will get conducted, and a report will be prepared to determine a biological relationship exists between the parties. When that report is ready, the lab will submit the results directly to the US Immigration office.
Fees for Immigration DNA Testing vary depending on the type of test that is requested, and the cost of shipping to the home country. For detailed information about this service, please call 888-378-2499.