FREQUENTLY ASKED PATERNITY QUESTIONS
The U.S. Department State department of Bureau of Consular Affairs procedure for DNA testing for families going through this process is listed below.

What Type DNA Sample Method is Used?

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing is the most accurate and widely available technology to test a biological relationship. The preferred specimen collection technique for DNA testing is by buccal (cheek or mouth cavity) swab. When buccal swabs are taken, cells are collected from the inside cheek or mouth using a long cotton swab. While there are different types of DNA tests, buccal cheek swabs are used rather than blood samples because they are easier to collect, non-invasive, painless, and easier to ship 

Petitioner DNA Sample Collection

Petitioners must not directly receive test kits for themselves or their beneficiaries.

At your appointment, you will submit DNA by a buccal swab. After the sample is provided, the AABB collection site or clinic must submit the test kit (sample) directly to their main AABB lab testing site.

Test Kit for the Visa Applicant – Under no circumstances should you receive the DNA test kit for yourself or relative. The AABB testing site which the petitioner selects, will forward the test kit along with a pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where your relative(s) will be tested.

The Embassy Contacts the Applicant

Visa Sample Collection Process

Once the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad receive a DNA kit from an accredited laboratory in the United States, they will contact the visa applicant who needs to provide a DNA sample and provide him or her with an appointment to come to the Embassy or Consulate. 

DNA Sampling Fees PRIOR to the  Applicant’s Appointment Before your family member’s appointment, they must arrange payment for the collection directly with the panel physician that will conduct the DNA sampling. When they pay the fee a receipt will be given to them that they must bring to their appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If your family member fails to bring the receipt to the appointment they will be required to reschedule the DNA collection appointment.  Appear at the Embassy or Consulate for  DNA Sample Collection.

All DNA collection for visa applicants is done in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate by a designated physician or medical technician and witnessed by Embassy or Consulate officers managing the process. The day of your DNA collection appointment, the applicant must come to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with the following documents:

  • The visa applicant’s passport
  • A photo of the applicant
  • A receipt from the panel physician showing payment for the DNA collection

After the collection has been taken, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate will use the pre-paid and pre-addressed envelope to send the test kit back to accredited lab testing site in the United States. Under no circumstances will the test kit be released to the beneficiary, lab technician, or another party for a return to the AABB lab.

What is the most common test requested by immigration?

DNA Paternity Testing is the most common form of biological testing performed followed by maternity DNA testing.

DNA Testing for Immigration Purposes

Since 2004, our company has been on the forefront of providing DNA testing services for clients nationwide. Some of the services we provide as it pertains to immigration are paternity testing, maternity testing, sibling DNA testing and avuncular DNA testing to name a few. It is important to understand clearly what type of DNA relationship testing service you are being asked to perform.

Over the years, many clients have misinterpreted the request by immigration. This is why our trained professionals upon receipt of your immigration paperwork review the information prior to processing your case. This helps each client not only understand the process but, in the event, they know someone going through the same process. They can now share the information on how to proceed with others.

DNA Sample Collection Locations

IDTO  has DNA sample collection facilities nationwide providing the easiest ways for families to have their sample collected near their home. To find a location near you visit our locations page. To learn more about our step by step AABB DNA testing process please contact one of our trained professionals by phone at 877-680-5800 or click here.

How long does it take to get interview date after the DNA test?

Although IDTO's involvement in your case ends after your DNA result is mailed to immigration.  Our client's over the years, have contacted to share the great news of their family members receiving their visas.

During these conversations with our clients over the years, we learned that the response for interview dates seem to vary. According to our clients that we have helped in the past. Receiving an interview date can range anywhere between 30 to 90 days. Please keep in mind that the length of time for receiving a response from immigration will be predicated on the Immigration Officer handling your family’s case.


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