Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

DNA Relationship Testing for Immigration Purposes

If a relative is sponsoring your immigration to the United States (In this case, you are the beneficiary, the individual who is requesting a U.S. Visa or Immigration Document.) or you are sponsoring a relative in another country to immigrate into the United States (In this case, you are the petitioner, the individual residing in the U.S. sponsoring the beneficiary.), you will need to provide evidence of your relationship with that individual.

A birth certificate or similar document may be sufficient evidence of your relationship. But, if the requesting government agency has reason to question the documentation or if your paperwork is determined to be insufficient or inconclusive, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a U.S. Embassy, the Department of State, or other U.S. Government agency may suggest DNA testing as an option.  DNA testing is an accepted non-documentary method of proving a biological relationship.

If you have valid documentation proving the relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary, it is best to submit that first. The requesting government agency will inform you if there is an issue that DNA testing can help resolve. They typically request testing for paternity or maternity relationships.

If your petition or application is for a sibling DNA test, a common parent, if available, should be tested as well. But be aware that while DNA testing can strengthen your case and improve the chances that your petition or application will be approved, it does not guarantee the subsequent approval of the petition or application. If our testing does not produce a compellin answer, we may ask you to obtain samples from additional family members. We can help you determine which other participants to collect.

We work closely with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Embassies, the Department of State, and other U.S. Government agencies in order to provide DNA relationship testing for individuals and their families applying for immigrant visas. If you receive a letter from any of the agencies listed above, the DNA testing must be performed by an AABB accredited Relationship Testing laboratory. The OSU Human Identity Testing laboratory is one of approximately 40 AABB accredited laboratories in the world.

Once you receive a letter from the requesting government agency, you must then choose an AABB accredited lab like the Oklahoma State University Human Identity Testing laboratory to process your immigration DNA test. Contact us at 1-800-299-7919.

We will need your file/case number in order to proceed with the process of obtaining and testing the DNA samples. We will ship a DNA collection kit to the U.S. Embassy or USCIS office in your home country. That agency will collect the beneficiary’s DNA sample(s) and ship it back to our lab. We will also arrange for collection of the petitioner in a collection facility near the petitioner. Once testing is complete, we will ship the DNA testing results directly to the requesting immigration office.

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