Immigration is in all the news these days. But a new complication was added when the State Department started asking for DNA proof of parental or sibling relationships in addition to a birth certificate.
There are several reasons for the new scrutiny. One, the U.S. Department of State at one time posted a fraud warning on birth certificates from Guyana. At that time, it was possible to buy a fraudulent birth certificate on the black market. If a petititoner’s birth certificate shows any signs of tampering or illegitimacy, a DNA test may be required.
In cases where a parent is filing for a child who was born to unmarried parents, again, a DNA test may be ordered. U.S. Immigration explains that children born abroad while the father was living in the United States may not be related. In these cases, Immigration may demand proof of financial support, for instance, to verify the parental bond.
Other cases that are associated with a request for DNA proof involve brothers or sisters who share one parent, but not both. All About Truth DNA testing can establish for immigration purposes that two siblings are half-sisters or half-brothers.
DNA Test Is the Last Word in Immigration
The DNA testing method used here at All About Truth DNA Testing Services is less invasive than many routine medical procedures (such as giving blood). All that’s required is a swab to gather some saliva from the inside of the mouth. Just one drop of saliva contains a person’s entire genetic code— half of the genes received from his or her father; half from the mother. This allows laboratory analysts to verify with up to 100% accuracy the odds that a father is the biological parent of a child, or that sisters are related through the mother.
Since each person’s genetic I.D. is unique, with some genes inherited from the mother and some from the father, there are no cases of mistaken identity. It’s more scientific and more reliable than fingerprinting. The genetic code of any person on earth will not change during the course of that person’s lifetime.
Each cell in a person’s body contains all of his or her genetic information. One good sample of blood, skin, or hair (with root cell) is all it takes to confirm a person’s relationship with another person.
DNA Analysis of Bodily Fluids or Cells
Many types of tissue contain enough information to perform a DNA test, including hair with the root attached, fingernails, blood, skin cells, semen, or the tooth from a deceased person. This allows us to obtain a sample from a deceased relative, for instance, or a baby who is still in the womb.
There are many reasons why DNA testing has become the gold standard for proving paternity, for identifying victims of crime and for settling immigration cases.
DNA testing from a reputable company such as ours is accepted by all of the legal authorities that determine whether a person is eligible for immigration, from the INS to overseas Embassies.
If you know someone who is working to be reunited with the family, call one of our offices in Broward, Dade or Palm Beach counties, or call our nationwide hotline. We’ll explain the procedure and tell you how you can use DNA testing to your advantage.