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:
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!