Immigration DNA Test

As part of current immigration procedures, persons may be required to prove their relationship to citizens of the UK by using a specialized immigration DNA test. This will determine whether or not there is a biological link between the two parties being tested to satisfy the requirements of Entry Clearance Officers at the British High Commission, British embassies or Nationality Directorate.

DNA testing for immigration purposes is used to identify familial links such parents and children, siblings or even half-brother/sister. Samples of each person’s body tissue is analyzed by a laboratory facility and the DNA results are compared. It is very important that the closest relative be used as the person whom you are comparing results to more easily link one to another.

Why Immigration DNA Testing?

The company that is conducting the immigration DNA test will recommend a non-biased clinic for the purpose of sample collection. This is to ensure that the sample is correctly obtained and documented before being submitted for testing. Samples are collected using a non-obtrusive scraping of the tissue inside mouth using a buccal swab. When both parties attend the facility to provide samples, passport photos and government issued identification will need to be presented to support the identity of both people being tested.

The collected samples are sent to the lab for analysis and results are generally available within 10 – 15 working days. When you complete the paperwork during the sample collection appointment, you can indicate whom the results are being sent to in addition to yourself. This will ensure that the documents are not tampered with and can be accepted as proof of family connections for immigration purposes.

The analysis report will indicate the “most likely relationship” between the two individuals based on the DNA samples provided based on statistical comparison. This is an affirmitive result and will indicate the relationship such as father/child or brother/sister. If a direct link cannot not be found during the analysis but there is enough supporting data to show that the individuals are biologically related, the report will report that the samples indicate that the parties tested are a “close family relationship.” If there is no connection found the laboratory will indicate that the individuals are “most likely unrelated”.