Monday, November 18, 2019
The US Department of State may request immigration DNA testing to verify and establish a biological relationship in citizenship claims arising from birth abroad to a U.S. citizen, including:
- child and full brother or sister
- child and half brother or sister
- relationships between a child and a paternal aunt, uncle, or grandparent
DNA testing is the only biological testing method the State Department accepts to establish a biological relationship. Due to high costs, complexity, and logistical delays, genetic testing is generally used only in the absence of sufficient evidence (documentation, photos, etc.) establishing the biological relationship.
State Department Website and AABB Guidelines
The State Department's website on Consular Affairs explains DNA Testing for immigration, CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad), and US Citizenship purposes. It explains when and why DNA testing is used for such purposes and outlines the process. This information is very similar to the handout provided to anyone considering DNA Testing for Immigration.
The State Department refers to the AABB guidelines restricting any third party from initiating the testing process, arranging appointments, choosing a laboratory for testing, and the requirement for all testing to be paid directly to the testing laboratory. Choosing not to following these guidelines can not only negatively affect the AABB testing laboratory or any corresponding collection facility, but can also result in the denial of the results. It is in the best interest of DNA Solutions, our partner sites, and all immigration tested parties, to work together to follow the requirements.
Exciting News! DNA Solutions has a $300 immigration case collection fee and a $150 US Citizenship case collection fee.
Direct Call to your Facility
If individual(s) call your location requesting an immigration DNA test, please inform them they must initiate the immigration testing process directly through an AABB accredited laboratory. The State Department office or US Embassy handling their case should provide a list of AABB laboratories the individual(s) can choose from. Please inform the individual you work directly with DNA Solutions and encourage them to call us to set up their case (866) 362-9778.
Following the call, please email email@example.com with the individual's name. If the individual calls and set up a case, we will contact you directly to schedule their collection. Once the collection is completed, please send an invoice to us for the collection fee. DNA Solutions will continue processing the case and provide excellent customer service and their results once their testing is completed.
If a customer walks into your location, without an appointment, and asks for immigration testing, please call our office at (866) 362-9778. DNA Solutions will talk to the individual immediately and explain the process and test cost. If they move forward with the immigration test, collect the samples and invoice DNA Solutions directly for the collection fee.
If our office is closed due to after hours or the weekend and the tested parties cannot speak with us before being collected, please:
- Proceed with the collection
- Have the individual complete our immigration contact sheet, terms and conditions form, and a credit card authorization form
- Provide a copy of their immigration paperwork at the time of collection
Once DNA Solutions receives the collection, required forms, immigration paperwork, and the Chain of Custody, photos/IDs, we will contact the petitioner to confirm their request to test with DNA Solutions. If the individual(s) proceed with the immigration test, DNA Solutions will pay the immigration collection fee; however, if they do not proceed, DNA Solutions will cancel the case and pay a $25 collection fee to cover your time spent performing the collection.
For more information on Immigration DNA testing, contact DNA Solutions at (866) 362-9778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.