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PassportThere are many reasons why you would need a DNA test for immigration. It is often used to verify a person’s identity if no other documented proof ​exists, such as birth certificates, photographs, school records and the like. When these kinds of documents or information are not available the U.S. Department of State or USCIS may require DNA testing to prove that the claimed relationship exists. ​The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that administers naturalization and immigration services. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) grants citizens and legal permanent residents the benefit of petitioning for certain relatives to immigrate to the U.S.

DNA testing for immigration may allow you to obtain a variety of documents, such as:

  • Immigrant visas
  • U.S. Citizenship petitions
  • Application for US passports
  • Consular Reports for Birth Abroad (CRBA)

For the purposes of U.S. immigration, proof of a biological relationship by DNA testing means the test must show at least a 99.5% probability. When performing this test, participants are identified via photograph and samples are identified, collected, and processed under a strict “chain of custody” by the certified collectors at Fastest Labs. Our labs meet the strictest standards. We use laboratories that are fully AABB accredited, which is required by the US Department of State.

DNA tests used in citizenship cases include the following relationships:

  • Father-child
  • Mother-child
  • Child and full brother or sister
  • Child and half brother or sister
  • Paternal aunt/uncle or grandparent

Things to bring with you for your Immigration DNA test:

  • USCIS or other agency paperwork requesting DNA testing
  • Photo ID such as a State ID or Passport
  • Contact information for each person being tested

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Be sure you’ve received written authority from the U.S. Department of State, USCIS or U.S. Embassy. Sometimes petitioners and attorneys believe that If you obtain a DNA test and present the results to a U.S. immigration authority without authorization that it will be accepted. In reality, an unsolicited DNA test results may be rejected. This may complicate your case and require you to retake a DNA test at your expense. Fastest Labs is here to help you with all your immigration DNA testing needs. Call today to discuss your case with one of our staff members and schedule an appointment.

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