Immigration DNA Testing
If you or a loved one is navigating the immigration application process, it is essential to be informed of the requirements to ensure legal, straightforward procedures.
During the immigration process, a DNA test is often suggested by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) or the Department of Homeland Security.
Here is what you need to know.
Situations Where USCIS May Suggest DNA Testing
There are certain situations in which the USCIS may suggest a DNA test for your case. Most often, these results are used to establish a clear, biological relationship between two parties. In some cases, people have reported that DNA testing can significantly expedite the application and approval process as well.
Cases in which DNA testing may be suggested include:
- Family Petitions (I-130 Petitions)
- Immigrant Visa Applications
- Consular Report of Birth (CRBA)
- Asylee & Refugee Relative Petitions
- Applications for Certificate of Citizenship
- Orphan Petitions
- International Adoptions
- Passport Applications
Usual Steps for DNA Testing with USCIS or the Department of State
Once you have established a need for DNA sample collection and testing, it is important to complete these procedures properly. Failure to do so could result in significant delays to your application process. You'll also need to be mindful of the information the embassy will be requiring, as this will need to be provided to your local collection site and/or lab.
Choose an Accredited Facility
To begin the DNA collection and testing process, you must locate a facility accredited by or who partners with a lab that is accredited the American Association of Blood Bank (AABB). This ensures that the highest standards of collection and testing are being met. ARCpoint Labs has this proper accreditation and relationship to conduct these types of DNA tests.
Collect DNA Samples
Once an appointment has been scheduled, the sample collection process can begin with ARCpoint Labs. The AABB-accredited facility will usually send the petitioner's DNA test kit to the U.S consulate or embassy located in the country where the applicant is currently residing.
Once the kit arrives, the consulate or embassy will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment for their DNA sample to be collected.
Please make note of the necessary documentation that must be provided at the time of your appointment. Required documents may vary based on country and location.
Await Your Results
The U.S. embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country will send the completed test kit back to the United States for analysis. Results will be sent directly back to the petitioner, as well as the embassy or consulate. Petitioners and applicants will need to work with their embassy or consulate for further details and any next steps.
We Will Work with an AABB-Accredited Testing Facility
AABB-accredited collection sites are the only DNA clinics recognized and approved for use by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
ARCPoint Labs offers multiple collections sites that are accredited or work with an AABB accredited lab, and are fully prepared to provide accurate, reliable, and confidential services for those in need of court-permissible DNA tests.
What Is the Most Common DNA Collection Method for Immigration?
If you are preparing for a DNA collection, you will likely need to provide a buccal sample. A buccal sample is taken by swabbing the inside of the cheek or mouth with a cotton swab for cells. Buccal samples are most commonly used due to the fact that they are non-invasive, painless, and easy to collect and test.
Contact ARCpoint Labs to Schedule DNA Testing for Immigration
Accurate paternity DNA testing can determine the entire outcome of an immigration case. As such, it is crucial that you choose a trusted collection site. ARCpoint Labs is proud to have expertly trained employees who are dedicated to providing you or your loved one with a straightforward, reliable collection.
Contact your local ARCpoint Labs to discuss your needs and schedule your immigration DNA test appointment today.
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