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What is Immigration DNA Testing?

When it comes to immigration, sometimes it’s difficult to find any credible evidence that a biological relationship exists. When this occurs, there is another option and it is called immigration DNA testing.

Immigration DNA testing, or “genetic testing” is a very useful tool, and it can be used to verify a biological relationship when there is no other evidence available.

Genetic testing is used for immigrant visa (IV) applications, and the most commonly tested relationships utilizing DNA testing, include:

  • Paternity
  • Maternity
  • Full-siblingship
  • Half-siblingship

With today’s current DNA testing technology, it is not possible to test more distant relationships.

If an applicant does not have any other credible proof (photos, documentation, etc.) of a biological relationship, then DNA testing is the only non-documentary method that is accepted as proof of a biological relationship.

If an applicant cannot prove a stated biological relationship, then the Consular Office may suggest that the visa applicants undergo DNA testing in order to establish the validity of that relationship.

It is important to note that immigration DNA testing is strictly voluntary, and all of the costs of testing are paid for by the petitioner and/or beneficiary and paid directly to the laboratory in advance.

What type of DNA test method is used?

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing is considered highly accurate and is the most widely testing method used. This test consists of a buccal (check or mouth) swab. With this test, cells are collected from the inside of the mouth using a long cotton swab, which resembles a Q-tip.

While there are different types of DNA tests, buccal cheek swabs are preferable over blood samples since they are painless, non-invasive, and easier to collect and ship.

How accurate are DNA tests? According to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, they are 99.5 percent accurate. Consular officers are only allowed to accept tests with results which report a 99.5 percent or greater certainly with respect to paternity or maternity in parent and child cases.

Are you interested in immigration DNA testing? If so, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to arrange a consultation with a Plano immigration attorney!