United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can file a petition with the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for their spouses, parents, children or siblings to immigrate to the United States.
U.S. Residents petitioning for their family member will use a combination of birth, marriage, medical and other legal documents to provide proof of an alleged relationship. In some cases a DNA test may be requested.
The applicant residing in the United States is referred to as the petitioner. At the time of the DNA collection the petitioner must provide a government issued photo ID and the paperwork received from the USCIS or U.S. Embassy.
The beneficiary is the individual residing outside of the United States. Their DNA collection will take place at the U.S. Embassy, consulate or an approved panel physician’s office. A sample collection kit must be sent directly from the laboratory to the embassy. The beneficiary will be required to provide a government issued photo ID and pay the DNA collection fee in their country.
When the sample collection is complete, the samples are sent by the Embassy or Embassy’s agent directly to the laboratory for analysis. PLEASE NOTE, a small number of countries require country pay the shipping costs of the samples back to the laboratory. The laboratory will inform you if you are dealing with one of these countries.
Once all of the samples have been received at the laboratory the test will be completed and results wills be released in 2 business days. Initially you will receive the test results by fax or email followed by U.S. mailed copies of the government paperwork and an original report.