DNA Relationship Testing for Immigrant Visas

In many instances, individuals have gone through a lot to get to America and they won’t have any sort of documentation to prove that they have family here. Genetic testing is a great tool to verify biological relationship in conjunction with an immigration visa application. Commonly tested relationships are paternity, maternity, full or half siblings.

DNA Testing Accuracy

The best sample is a cheek swab because it is quick, painless and easy to ship. This type of testing is 99.5% accurate and is equivalent to that of a blood test. Most Consular officers only accept test results reporting a percent of 99.5 or higher degree of certainty in respect to a maternal/paternal biological relationship.

Working with an Embassy or Consulate

Before you take the DNA test, payment has to be arranged ahead of time directly with the physician. The fee receipt must be taken to the appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, failure to do so will require a new appointment for DNA collection. After the test, the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) lab will send the results to the American Embassy or Consulate.

Testing is a Last Resort

The process of immigration is grueling and takes a toll on all those involved, especially when a family is trying to unite and try to begin life in a new country. This testing should be used as a last resort because it is often expensive and complex, causing delays to the application, it should be used when there is absolutely no credible proof of the relationship, like documents or photos, exists.

Unfortunately, DNA testing can only lengthen the process because of the inherent logistical delays involved. But when there is no other choice, you will be happy you did it.

To learn more about our DNA testing services, contact Test Smartly Labs of Independence today at (816) 379-3197.

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