• Immigration DNA Testing in the USA

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in Uncategorized

     DNA immigration testing is used to hasten and aid immigration procedures into the USA. US embassies and domestic immigration offices often request that a DNA test be provided alongside other immigration documents to confirm the biological relationship between the person residing in the US petitioning for the test and the alleged relative outside the US who wishes to join the petitioner.

    Who can provide Immigration DNA Testing?

    Any company offering DNA testing for immigration (sometimes called an immigration citizenship test) should have their testing authorized by United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) / Department of Health and Human Services. The INS is the department responsible for naturalization of a foreign born person into the US. It role extends to illegal immigration and entrance into the USA as well as admitting refugees entry into the country.


    Nowadays, the Immigration and Naturalization service has been absorbed into the Department of Homeland Security; the department has now taken over all the duties originally covered by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) administers the citizenship program and the granting of visas. Border security is now tasked to the Directorate of Border and Transportation Security (BTS).

    Why do I need an Immigration DNA Test?

    First and foremost, immigration testing, which includes DNA paternity testing, or naturalization testing is not always necessary to immigrate to the US. However, in cases where the birth countries hold scanty and unreliable birth and marriage records, a scientific proof of relationship is required in order to support that which should be stated on marriage and birth certificates. In some cases, these certificates are altogether absent and thus, an immigration DNA test is absolutely mandatory to confirm to the immigration authorities that the person residing in the US is biologically related to the person wishing to enter the US.

    Generally, it is always advisable to carry out an immigration test; this will in any case be always to your benefit. A United States immigration test will not follow the exact same procedure as an immigration test in another country.

    What is an Immigration DNA Test and who can take part ?

    An immigration DNA test can be done through a number of relationship tests that will confirm existence of a biological relationship between alleged relatives. You might for example require a DNA paternity test so as for a child to be able to join his or her father in the USA. The following is a list of other types of relationship tests:

    • Avuncular testing: testing of an uncle or aunt to confirm their relationship with their niece or nephew.
    • Grandparents testing: testing of a single or both grandparents to confirm their biological relationship to their grandchild or grandchildren.
    • Y chromosome testing: this test can prove that two males share a common paternal line e.g. if two brothers want to show that they have the same father.
    • X chromosome testing: the test is used to confirm whether two females have a biological father in common.
    • MtDNA Test: this test shows that two females share the same maternal line.
    • Full Sibling DNA test: used to confirm whether siblings (male and female) are full siblings, half siblings or not siblings at all.

    Whatever test you perform, it is ultimately up to the immigration authorities to accept or ignore the results of the test.

    How much will an Immigration Test cost?

    The cost of the immigration test can start from around 500$ for the testing of parent and child – it is rather hard to give an accurate idea of the cost. The cost of the test in fact varies considerably depending on the type of test, the people that require testing and their location (perhaps additional DNA testing kits need to be couriered). In most cases, the cost of having the DNA samples taken by a third party (often a doctor or other professional) is not included in the price of the immigration test.

    How do I do an Immigration DNA Test?

    Contact the DNA testing company to discuss your case. You will not be taking your own DNA samples. If test participants are in the US, the interested parties will need to turn up at a particular sample collection point.

    If test participants live outside the US, then sample collection can be arranged via consulates or embassies. The DNA testing kit will be send directly to the embassy or the place at which DNA sampling is organized. Remember that you will not be collecting your own samples but someone will be appointed to collect the samples from you and there will be an added cost for this. The people taking part in the test will generally need to provide some form of identification and the sampler (the person in charge of collecting the samples) acts as a third party witness to the sample collection. All parties must be clearly identified so as for their names to appear on the DNA test results. The appointments are normally scheduled by the company handling your testing.

    The results of an immigration DNA test must be notarized to assure immigration authorities that all tested parties where correctly identified and the samples were collected following the prescribed sample collection procedure.