How is DNA Testing Used in Immigration?

With DNA testing frequently making the news for its uses in paternity disputes and criminal investigations, sometimes the other  uses of DNA, like in ancestral research, get forgotten.

One example that many people are unaware of is the use of DNA testing for immigration purposes. While DNA testing is not required for all immigration applications, in some circumstances those immigrating to the United States will need to take a DNA test.

Interested in how DNA testing fits into the immigration process? Read more about DNA testing and immigration below!

DNA Testing & Immigration

Who Needs an Immigration DNA Test?

In the immigration process, the US Department of State will review all visa applications for evidence that shows the applicant is related to their sponsor, who must be an American citizen. Usually, this evidence can come in the form of a birth certificate and family pictures that establish the DNA relationship. If the applicant doesn’t have these documents or the US Department of State does not find them sufficient in proving the DNA links, they will ask the applicant and sponsor to undergo DNA testing.

Immigration DNA testing can be used to prove a variety of familial relationships, including links between the biological mother, father, and full or half-siblings. Although the Department of State may request that an applicant get DNA testing, it is completely voluntary, it must be paid for by the applicant, and it does not guarantee visa approval.

How is Immigration DNA Testing Conducted?Test Smartly Labs of Lee's Summit | How is DNA Testing Used in Immigration?

Have a fear of needles? No worries — immigration DNA testing can be conducted in a quick, easy, and painless way with a simple swab of the inner cheek! This non-invasive form of DNA testing is just as accurate as blood testing.

In order for the visa sponsor to proceed in accordance with legal requirements, they must select an accredited DNA testing laboratory approved by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Once an AABB-approved lab is selected, they can move forward with the collection and DNA testing process.

After the sponsor provides their genetic material for DNA testing, the visa applicant can undergo DNA testing. The same AABB-accredited lab will ship the DNA collection kit to the applicant’s US Embassy or Consulate so that they may be tested in their home country. If the visa applicant already lives in the United States, they may have their genetic material collected at the same or another accredited DNA testing lab. When going to the Embassy or Consulate to conduct their DNA testing, the applicant should bring their passport with photos, plus their specimen collection receipt.

Once both parties have been tested, the AABB-certified laboratory will receive the specimens for analysis, which should take 2 – 5 business days. Once the DNA testing results are in, the lab sends the report to the US Consular Office, who then contacts the sponsor to continue the application.

Get Immigration DNA Testing in Lee’s Summit Today

Do you need DNA testing for immigration purposes? Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit provides quick, reliable on-site DNA testing that’s analyzed by AABB-accredited labs. We can guide you through the immigration DNA testing process to ensure that all aspects of the process are conducted in accordance with the law.

To get started with your immigration DNA testing today, call Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit at (816) 875-9301.

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