How are Immigration DNA Tests Used in Court?
Many people dream of immigrating to the United States, especially those who have relatives already in the U.S. While the entire process can be lengthy and difficult, the immigration DNA test has made some aspects of the process much simpler.
In previous years, it was required to obtain legal documents and birth certificates to prove a biological relationship to your petitioner. Today, however, the process is made much easier by obtaining a legal DNA test instead. In most cases, you’ll be able to make an appointment with an accredited lab and get the results fairly quickly. Often these tests are preferred since the results are considered indisputable.
How Immigration DNA Testing is Used in Court
An immigration DNA test is meant to provide the court with evidence of a biological relationship between the person who wishes to immigrate to the U.S. and the petitioner. For example, if a man living in the U.S. wants to sponsor his brother’s immigration residency or visa, he may be asked to complete a DNA test. These tests are also used to prove maternity, paternity, and even half-sibling relationships.
These tests are a preferred form of evidence since they hold up in court. Additionally, the turnaround time for results is typically short, which saves time during the immigration process.
What to Know Before Taking an Immigration DNA Test
The U.S. Embassy will let you know if you need to complete an immigration DNA test. Taking the test is 100% voluntary, though, and people who may be averse to the procedure are not required to take the test if they don’t want to. However, they will be asked to provide another means to prove their relationship to their sponsor.
Any costs associated with taking the test, such as travel or fees, are the responsibility of either the petitioner or the beneficiary. In addition, it’s important to understand that just taking the test does not guarantee that the request for immigration will be granted. All other requirements need to be met before a judge may grant immigration into the U.S.
While you may be able to purchase an at-home test, it will not be admissible in court. To have your test results be admissible, you need to take a legal DNA test at an approved lab.
What to Expect During Immigration DNA Testing
Any parties already living in the U.S. may have DNA samples collected at an approved lab near their residence. An appointment can be made once the U.S. Embassy requests an immigration DNA test for your case. If you have any questions before the procedure, be sure to ask the lab questions so you understand the process. It’s important to know where you’ll need to go and what time you’ll need to be there.
Anyone living in another country can have an immigration DNA test done at either a U.S. Embassy or a facility that is an affiliate of the embassy. Typically, the U.S. has no control over the appointments that are scheduled overseas, even at the embassy.
Regardless of where you reside, your samples are sent to the lab and tested once they’ve been collected. After testing has finished, those results are sent straight to the embassy for review.
Immigration DNA Testing at ARCpoint Labs of Austin North
Naturally, many questions accompany a decision to become a petitioner or beneficiary for immigration into the United States. The experts at ARCPoint Labs of Austin North can answer your questions and help you through the process of scheduling and submitting a legal DNA test for your case, informing you where to go and what to do to help to hasten the entire process as much as possible. Contact us today for more information.
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