1. Immigration DNA
Using DNA In Immigration
If you need to establish family relationship in order to secure a Visa or United State’s passport, but have no documents to do so, you may need to take a DNA test. Genetic testing is the only form of biological testing acceptable for proof of relationship in the United States.
Circumstances under which an Immigration DNA test is needed
· When looking to prove paternal relationships in a court of law
Sometimes, when the paternity of an immigrant child is disputed, the case ends up at the hands of a judge. A test in this case serves to help the feuding parties determine the rightful father of the child. More importantly, it allows the authorities to determine the resident status of the child as well as decide what party takes over the role of support, schooling and healthcare of the immigrant child. At times, a consulate’s office might also ask for a test if for any reason they believe that a legal immigrant mother is lying about her relationship with a child.
· When attempting to secure a passport or visa
As indicated earlier, someone that needs to move abroad to live with a relative must prove that they are related to the second party by blood. Immigration officials will not issue a passport before the claim of relationship is proven. When securing a visa, the same process applies as the authorities need to know how long the traveling party is staying, who the relative they will be staying with is and how prepared they are to host.
· When the estate of a diseased immigrant is being probated
When a legal immigrant dies interstate, chances are that there will be feuding over who inherits the property left behind. During these times, an Immigration DNA test comes in handy to settle existing issues once and for all.