If you’re in the process of applying for an immigration benefit and need to prove a biological relationship between family members, DNA testing may be required. In cases where USCIS cannot establish the claimed relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary, the Department of State (DOS) may require DNA testing to issue a visa.
Here’s how DNA testing works with the Department of State for immigration cases:
Find an accredited DNA testing laboratory
The first step is to find an accredited DNA testing laboratory. Genetrack’s AABB accredited laboratory is fully recognized the Department of State for immigration.
Schedule a DNA testing appointment
Once you have selected an accredited laboratory, you need to schedule a DNA testing appointment. The laboratory will provide you with a list of their authorized sample collection sites, which are located in many countries worldwide.
Collect DNA samples
At the sample collection site, a trained professional will collect DNA samples from each person being tested. The samples are then sent to the accredited laboratory for testing.
Receive DNA test results
The laboratory will send the DNA test results to the DOS. If the test results prove a biological relationship between family members, the DOS will issue a visa. If the test results are inconclusive or do not prove the claimed relationship, the visa may be denied.
Follow up with the embassy or consulate
Once the visa is issued, the applicant must follow up with the embassy or consulate to complete the visa application process.
In conclusion, DNA testing is an important tool used by the Department of State to establish biological relationships between family members for immigration cases. By following the above steps and working with an accredited DNA testing laboratory, you can ensure that your DNA test results are accurate and meet the required standards for immigration cases.