How is DNA Testing Used in Immigration?

DNA testing is often brought up in the news due to its use in paternity cases and criminal investigations, but the other ways we use DNA, like in ancestral research, are frequently forgotten.

For example: are you aware that DNA is used in immigration cases? While DNA testing is not absolutely required for all immigration applications, there are some circumstances in which individuals immigrating to the United States will be asked to take a DNA test.

Curious how DNA testing fits into the immigration process? Discover more about DNA testing and immigration below!

Immigration & DNA Testing

Who Might Need an Immigration DNA Test?

The United States Department of State reviews all visa applications in the immigration process. They are searching for evidence that shows the applicant is blood-related to their sponsor, who is required to be an American citizen. This evidence can often come in the form of a birth certificate. Family pictures can be shown in addition to the birth certificate to verify a DNA relationship. If an applicant is missing their birth certificate, doesn’t have any pictures or the U.S. State Department does not find the evidence sufficient in proving a DNA link, the applicant and sponsor will be asked to take a DNA test.

Immigration DNA tests can be used to prove a range of family relationships, including bonds between biological parents and full or half-siblings. Though the Department of State may ask that an applicant undergo DNA testing, the process is voluntary. The applicant must pay for the test, but understand that it does not mean that their visa is automatically approved.

How is an Immigration DNA Test Conducted?

Immigration DNA testing is quick, non-invasive, and painless. No needles necessary! An applicant merely needs to allow the tester to swab their inner cheek. This form of testing provides the same secure results as a blood test. The test must be performed at an AABB-accredited lab in order to be accepted by the U.S. Department of State.

After the visa sponsor undergoes their DNA test, the visa applicant can also take a DNA test. The AABB-accredited lab chosen by the sponsor will ship a DNA collection kit to the applicant’s US Embassy or Consulate so that they can take the test in their home country. The applicant must go to the Embassy or Consulate to take the test and they need to bring their passport, photos, and specimen collection receipt. If the applicant already resides in the U.S., they can choose to take their test at the same lab as their sponsor, or another accredited AABB lab.

The accredited lab will receive both specimens after the applicant and sponsor have provided their DNA sample. Analysis can take anywhere from 2-5 business days, so it’s important to be patient. As soon as the results are in, the lab will send them to the U.S. Consular Office. The Office will contact the sponsor to notify them whether or not they may continue with the application.

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