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Immigration DNA Testing Process
Genetic testing also known as DNA testing is a form of test that is conducted on the persons applying for the immigrant visa to confirm the relationships between the individuals relocating. Mostly this kind of testing is performed if there are no other methods that are available to verify the intended information. Some of the relationships tested for include the certainty, maternity, full sibling relationship and half-sibling relationships and so on. Note that DNA testing is done on members who are strictly related and therefore for distance relatives this kind of verification cannot apply because the testing involves looking for a biological connection between the tested individuals. So if blood does not relate you, then the testing will give inaccurate results.

When should one consider having a DNA test?

This testing involves a lengthy process without forgetting the expenses required. So for those who want to get the results quickly consider using other natural methods such as birth certificates and photos in the case where you have taken pictures together earlier on. If such evidence does not exist, then you may consider conducting a DNA test.

Before you are granted a visa the country's overseer also known as the consular officer has to ask you questions regarding your relationship with the other individual or individuals you are applying for the visa with. If the information is not reliable, then he or she may request you to take a paternity test to confirm your relationships. It is upon you to either agree to the test or not since it is voluntary. It is important to note that even if you decide to take the DNA test, this does not guarantee you to get the visa as other factors are considered before you receive the Visa.

What is the process of undergoing DNA testing at the immigrant visa application center?

The specimen used for testing.

As we all know DNA testing is the most accurate method that is used worldwide to determine the relationship between individuals. The testing applies a variety of specimen which includes Buccal swabs around the cheeks or mouth using a cotton swab, other use blood test. A legit match should give a result that is between 99.5 to 99.9 percent and the majority of consular accept the results that are from 99.5 percent. Therefore if the test were conducted on parents and children or between siblings, the probability of you getting your visa approved with be improved by having this test.

Steps of DNA test.

Step 1: Locate the DNA test facility like IDTO DNA Testing Centre.

The first step is to find a DNA Testing company like IDTO  which provides Immigration DNA Testing services in your area. It is also important to note, USCIS, Passport Agencies, and U.S. Embassies will only accept DNA Test results from an American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) Laboratory.

Things to look out for when looking for a DNA laboratory facility.

• It is advisable that you look at the listing of the best nearby DNA Testing facility that offers Immigration DNA services. 

• Be mindful that not all  DNA Testing companies offer AABB Accredited DNA Testing results by an AABB Parentage Laboratory. Please make sure you inquire with the DNA Test representative and check online to see their online reviews. This way, you can gauge the credibility of the company in your area.

Step 2. Petitioner DNA sample collection.

Not for any reason should you directly receive a DNA Test Kit for anyone partaking in the Immigration DNA Testing process. IDTO will be responsible for collecting your family's details and coordinating your appointment with an AABB Accredited Laboratory.

The AABB Accredited Laboratory will be responsible for shipping the DNA Test Kit to the Embassy in your country.

Step 3. How are beneficiaries contacted by embassies?

Once the AABB Lab ships your family members DNA Kit to the U.S. Embassy in your country of origin. The U.S. Embassy will contact the visa applicant and/or CRBA applicant to provide him or her with their appointment details for DNA Sample Collection.

Step 4. What happens at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for your DNA Sample Collection?

It is important for families going through this process to note. All DNA collections for visa applicants are coordinated by an Embassy appointment medical physician or technician and witnessed by an Embassy or Consulate official.

Below are following required documents the applicant will have to provide at Embassy or Consulate on their appointment date.

  •  - Passport

  • - Headshot photo of the applicant

  • - A proof of payment receipt for your DNA Sample Collection from the panel physician 

    - Once the applicant’s samples are collected at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The samples will be shipped back to the AABB Accredited Parentage  Laboratory that initiated the process.

  • How will the embassy receive my DNA results?

    Once the U.S. Embassy or Consulate ships your family’s DNA samples back to the laboratory. Upon receipt, the laboratory will begin analyzation of your family’s DNA samples. Results have an average turnaround time of 2-3 business days upon the receipt of all DNA samples to be completed.

    After the results are complete, the AABB DNA Parentage Laboratory will be responsible for shipping your family’s result back to the requesting U.S. Embassy, Consulate, USCIS or Passport Agency.

    Please note, Embassies will not accept DNA results directly from an applicant. Results will only be accepted from an AABB Accredited DNA Parentage Laboratory.

  • 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.

If you would like to learn more about USCIS DNA Testing specific process click here.

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