US Immigration and VISA

U.S. Immigration and VISA Relationship DNA Testing

Why do I have to take a DNA test for U.S. Immigration?

As part of U.S. immigration or visiting procedures, you may be requested to perform an immigration relationship DNA test to prove that you are related to your relatives living in the United States, or related to an applicant. In most cases this is a Legal Relationship test in the form of a Legal Paternity, Aunt / Uncle, or Grandparent DNA Test.

This is generally an administrative formality, but is a crucial step in the VISA application process. 

These tests are different from other types of DNA tests and have stricter sample collection procedures. This is to ensure that people are not cheating the tests and no fraud is being committed during the process of gaining a U.S. VISA.

It’s important for you to request and perform all steps of the test correctly. Be sure you follow all the rules and procedures if you want your test results to be valid and legal in the eyes of U.S. Immigration. 

Immigration DNA tests can ONLY be legally completed at the request of U.S. Immigration (USCIS) or if a Consular Officer has requested the DNA Test.

The requesting letter or proof of request must be submitted to our laboratory and include:

  • Full legal name of each participant.

  • Date of birth for each participant.

  • Contact phone number for each participant.

  • Mailing address for each participant.

  • Notation of where the party is located (e.g. U.S., International, or both).

At no time will the person(s) to be tested receive a test kit. There is a stringent Chain of Custody rules in effect and tests must be completely administered by an impartial third party.

Our laboratory will assist with the scheduling of appointments, the shipment of sample kits to and from U.S. Embassies or Consulates worldwide, and the release the official testing results to government authorities. A copy of the test will also be sent to our client.

Please note that the test must be requested by U.S. Immigration. Do not request or purchase a DNA test for the purpose of immigration testing before receiving the requesting letter from the USCIS to do so. It will not be accepted by U.S. Immigration.


 How Much Does U.S. Immigration or VISA Testing Cost?

The final price will vary because each test will need to be built around your specific needs. Things to take into consideration in regards to price are: the location of the participants (in the U.S. or outside), the amount of participants being tested, and the types of tests that will be needed.

Things you will need before ordering your U.S. Immigration DNA Test

  • Written request from the USCIS or US Embassy/Consulate - Most Important Item

  • Email address where we can send all critical forms

  • Full legal name of each participant.

  • Date of birth for each participant.

  • Contact phone number for each participant.

  • Mailing address for each participant.

  • Notation of where the party is located (e.g. U.S., International, or both).

When you contact us, our laboratory will need to call you back directly to talk about all the particulars and set up a time and place for you to give your DNA sample for analysis. We will arrange the scheduling of appointments for DNA sample collection required here in the United States, oversee the shipment of our DNA collection kits to U.S. Embassy and Consulate locations worldwide, and once testing is complete, send official results directly to the requesting immigration office.


Validity Genetics offers AABB certified DNA testing for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security, and meets all U.S Embassy and Consulate VISA application processing requirements.