How long does the entire process take?

The whole process generally takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks from start to finish. Please note that due to Covid-19 some embassies are experiencing delays.

What if my date to respond is before the testing is completed?

If the date to respond is before testing is complete, we will provide you a letter indicating that you have initiated the DNA testing process. This letter will serve as the evidence that a DNA test has been initiated. The petitioner must send this letter to the requesting agency as a response to the request for evidence.

What is the DNA sampling method?

The most common method of DNA sampling through a buccal swab. Cells are collected from the cheek in the inside of the mouth. This procedure is painless and noninvasive. The DNA is extracted by rubbing a sterile cotton swab on the inside of the cheek. Blood samples are also a DNA sampling method but are not commonly used because they are more invasive and are difficult to transport.

Can the test kit be shipped directly to my family?

The test kits cannot be shipped directly to the petitioner or beneficiary. Due to the chain of custody requirements, the test kit must be sent directly to the AABB lab testing site as tests must be administered by an impartial 3 rd party at facility.

Who contacts the beneficiary for their appointment?

The beneficiary will be contacted by the U.S. embassy or consulate once they receive the test kit and provide them with an appointment to go and get their DNA sampled.

I am located in the United States. Where will I go for my DNA sampling appointment?

Once we have received all required information and paperwork, we will set up an appointment for you to go and get your DNA sampled near you. Generally, we try to find the closest location possible to your residence. One of our staff members will contact you to make sure the location selected is right for you.

Is DNA required for immigration?

DNA testing is currently a voluntary option. This option is used to assist in proving a biological relationship between a petitioner and the beneficiary or beneficiaries when primary evidence is insufficient.

Where do I go to get my DNA sample done in the United States?

We have clinics that we use for sample collection across the United States. Once your immigration DNA test application is approved, we will look for a location near your zip code.