Thursday, January 22, 2009

Immigration DNA Test - How it Works

You and your family need to prove that you're related, so you can be together in the United States. You're missing a birth certificate, or the one you have was not accepted by the U.S. Embassy or USCIS. They have requested DNA testing. What do you do next?

Contact a DNA lab who's accredited by the AABB to perform an Immigration DNA Test. There are 43 of them, and not all of them are created equal. By knowing the process of immigration DNA testing, you can be more knowledgeable about which lab to choose.

First, the petitioner needs to contact an AABB accredited lab to start the process. The lab will schedule an appointment for the petitioner and collect all necessary information for beneficiaries. This information includes each beneficiary's name, date of birth, immigration case number, and telephone number. The information provided will be included in a package that gets shipped to a U.S. Embassy overseas.

When the U.S. Embassy receives the package from the lab they contact the beneficiaries to schedule an appointment. This is the same collection that takes place in the U.S. with the petitioner. All DNA samples are then shipped to the laboratory for testing.

Once in the lab, the case is typically processed within 3-7 days, depending on the lab. U.S. Immigration mandates that the original results are sent directly from the laboratory to either the U.S. Embassy or USCIS. Copies of the results are sent to the petitioner, and an attorney if needed.

An Immigration DNA Test is usually the last step in the process. Once U.S. Immigration determines the petitioner and beneficiary are biologically related a visa is awarded, barring other forces. Total turnaround time for the testing varies widely depending both on the laboratory chosen, and also the foreign country involved in the case.

Ryan is the Director of Boston Paternity, a DNA testing company that helps bring families together with fast DNA testing services. Boston Paternity has helped bring thousands of families together and has developed strong relationships with embassies and collection facilities overseas. Boston Paternity provides the fastest DNA test for immigration. For more information about Immigration DNA Testing visit our website at

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