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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does DNA testing take?

Genegle's DNA testing is fast. We test samples as soon as we receive them. We will keep you informed throughout the process and ensure that you receive notification of completion and results. 

What should I do first?

After you receive a request to provide biological evidence for an immigration visa, it is important that you immediately contact an AABB-accredited laboratory such as Genegle. Our dedicated immigration specialists can walk you through the DNA collection process and help select the right test for you.

How much does DNA testing cost?

Unlike many other labs, there are no hidden fees with Genegle. A typical immigration case requires three fees: a testing fee, shipping fees, and collection fees. Genegle is the only lab that tells you up front what the fees are. We offer free consultations to all potential clients to help make immigration DNA testing affordable. Our laboratory will work with you to determine which test is right for you and draw up a quote for your case.

What does the fee include?

Our test fees include a DNA test, shipping to and from the foreign country of your relatives, the processing of all samples, and issuance and sending of report to you and the requesting embassy. There are no hidden fees, so you can buy with confidence.

Who needs to be tested?

The USCIS or requesting Embassy will specify which individuals need to be tested. Likely, anyone who is being asked to provide proof of biological evidence to a family member in a different country will have to provide a sample of their DNA. The petitioner's and the beneficiary's DNA samples will be sent to Genegle's AABB accredited laboratory for testing.

Where can the DNA be collected?

When you work with Genegle, we can collect DNA from anywhere in the United States and the world. We have 2,000 locations available to serve our clients and can ship DNA specimen collection kits and samples to/from any United States Embassy or U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services office.

Are results accepted by the United States government?

Yes, when you work with Genegle your results will be accepted by USCIS and US Embassies and Consulates around the world. We are an accredited AABB testing facility that is allowed to perform DNA testing for immigration purposes.

How does immigration DNA testing benefit me?

Immigration DNA testing is the only non-documentary method that can be used to provide proof to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that an individual has a familial and biological bond with a family member who has submitted an application to immigrate to the United States. There are circumstances in which an individual may be unable to provide clear and concise documentary evidence that he or she holds a genetic bond with the family member who is sponsoring and/or requesting his or her application be approved for a family-based immigrant visa. In certain situations the USCIS may ask that DNA testing be completed by an AABB accredited immigration DNA testing lab before they will allow the immigration process to continue.

While not always required as part of the immigration process, immigration DNA testing is an extremely effective and efficient way in which to provide proof of a biological relationship. It can also be the key to bringing your family together once again. We understand that when a family member begins the immigration process it is important to both of you that the process moves along rapidly and without any unnecessary delays. At Genegle, we work hard to see that you get accurate results within the timeframe you require. We are a fully accredited laboratory that has obtained international recognition as one of the most trusted immigration DNA testing labs in the world.

When you come to us, one of our skilled DNA testing specialists will be able to help you navigate through the whole immigration DNA testing process from collection to testing and all the way through to providing your results to the USCIS. We are dedicated to helping you obtain definitive results as to the biological relationship between you and your loved one, and in doing so in rapid order. We also take pride in being a key component in helping numerous individuals and families prove the genetic bond necessary to allow their loved ones to immigrate to the United States. To find out more about how immigration DNA testing can benefit you, contact our lab today.

Do I need a doctor's order or a court order?

No, a doctor's order is not required for immigration DNA testing.

Is DNA testing covered by health insurance?

No. DNA testing is not covered by health insurance.

Where I can go to get more questions answered?

Still have questions about the DNA test process for immigration purposes? Contact us and we'll help answer them. We are committed to our clients and ensuring that they receive the customer service they deserve. All questions and concerns regarding your situation can be immediately addressed by a friendly representative by contacting Genegle right now.

What is an Immigration DNA Test?

It is not uncommon in family-based immigration cases for a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official to request that an applicant, and his or her sponsor, submit to DNA testing to prove that a biological relationship exists. If the applicant does not have the necessary documentation and evidence to show he or she does have the familial connection required to apply for a family-based visa, it is very likely that his or her immigration application will be stalled or outright denied. An immigration DNA test can be the evidence needed to help streamline the immigration process and help you bring your loved one into the U.S. to be with you.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that all immigration DNA tests be performed by an AABB-accredited immigration DNA testing laboratory. Home DNA tests and testing done through other facilities will not be considered as valid evidence in the immigration progress. Our lab has been fully accredited by the AABB. We understand how important immigration DNA test results can be and consistently deliver the precise and factual results our clients need in a timely fashion.

There is nothing more important to us than helping you receive the valid test results necessary to keep your Form I-130 immigration application moving so that you and your family can be reunited. To find out more about how you and your loved ones could benefit from a immigration DNA test, or to get started on the DNA testing process, Contact Genegle.

Do I need DNA testing to come to the USA?

DNA testing is not always required before an individual will be granted authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to come to the USA. It can be essential, however, in providing a clear and accurate confirmation that a biological relationship exists between you and a family member who has submitted an application to be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. When a relative agrees to sponsor a family member's immigration into the United States, very specific documentation must be provided to the USCIS to show that there is a blood relation. In most cases a marriage certificate or birth certificate will suffice.

If you are unable to provide such documentation or a USCIS official has reason to question your relationship, an immigration DNA test could supply you with the necessary evidence to help substantiate your claims and increase your chances of getting the immigration application approved. Genegle is an AABB accredited immigration DNA testing laboratory that has received worldwide recognition for being a trusted lab known for delivering high-quality, timely service and consistently accurate results.

We use top-of-the-line technology and equipment available in the field of DNA testing. If you are in need of DNA testing so that you or a loved one can come to America, we are here to help. Contact the knowledgeable staff at any one of our 2,000 convenient locations so that we can provide you with the friendly and professional assistance you need to get the immigration DNA testing process done so you can resolve your immigration issues. 

How long will it take for my family member(s) to be collected abroad?

Part of the DNA testing process involves sending a DNA collection kit to an embassy where your beneficiary can go to have his or her DNA sample collected. Genegle can send the DNA specimen collection kit to the US embassy abroad today! On average, it takes between 2 and 6 weeks from the time the embassy receives our DNA kit for them to contact your family and schedule an appointment. 

Once the sample is collected at the embassy, it will be rushed back to our labs so that we can process it and provide the immigration office handling your family member's case with the DNA evidence they requested. We will also keep you abreast of our progress throughout the entire process and advise you of the test results once they have been obtained. The sooner we get started, the sooner your loved one may be issued a temporary or permanent visa to enter the United States. Call us now to schedule your free consultation. Same day appointments are available.

Why is Immigration DNA Testing Needed?

U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are permitted to petition immediate family members for entrance into the United States. The petitioner must fill out a form I-130, submit an affidavit of support proving that they can support the beneficiary, and also submit proof that they are biologically related to the beneficiary. Immigration DNA testing proves the biological relationship.

Can every DNA testing laboratory perform DNA tests for immigration purposes?

No, but Genegle can. That's because only those testing laboratories that are accredited by AABB can perform DNA tests for immigration. Genegle is accredited by AABB.

Why does the US government request DNA tests for immigration cases?

When traditional documents are not available or sufficient to establish the claimed blood relationship in some family related immigration cases, the U. S. immigration services may request DNA relationship test to prove the claimed relationship since DNA parentage test is 100% accurate.

How do I get the testing process started?

Call Genegle at (888) 81-DNATEST and discuss your testing options with one of our Immigration DNA experts. After the right type of DNA test is selected, we will arrange a convenient sample collection appointment for you. We'll start testing samples as soon as we receive them.

Where do I go to get my specimen collected?

Genegle has an extensive specimen collection network across the country and around the world. Wherever you are, we will be able to schedule a convenient appointment near your home or workplace. The samples are safely shipped by express courier to our lab. Please call us at (888) 81-DNATEST to find a collection site near you.


Can you do the DNA test if we are living in different cities/states/countries?

Yes, we can. It's normal to perform DNA tests for tested parties living in different countries, especially for Immigration purposes. We have a large specimen collection network in all 50 states and around the world. We can arrange convenient appointments for you at different times and locations. Call Genegle now at (888) 81-DNATEST

How do I interpret the DNA results?

In a standard paternity test, our laboratory always achieves a 0% probability of paternity if the tested man is not the biological father and a greater than 99.9% probability of paternity if the tested man is the biological father. Both results are conclusive to prove or disprove paternity.

What is the difference between a blood sample and a mouth/cheek (buccal) swab?

A buccal swab sample is just as accurate as a blood sample. The advantages of using buccal swab collections are that they are non-invasive, painless, quick and easy. 

Can hair samples be used for DNA testing?

Usually, yes, but not for DNA testing used for Immigration and Citizenship purposes.

What is DNA testing?

A DNA test is a genetic test designed to compare and confirm the DNA profile of two or more individuals. DNA testing can be used to confirm a biological relationship between two parties, to confirm or deny paternity for child support or in child custody cases, to test for signs of infidelity as part of divorce proceedings or in pursuit of alimony payments, for forensic testing of crime scenes, to help trace ancestral lines and more, including immigration purposes.


How accurate is DNA testing?

The DNA profiling method is an extremely accurate genetic testing method. It can absolutely determine if the man is not the biological father and reliably exclude him. DNA profiling can establish that the alleged father is the child's biological father with a probability of paternity of 99.99% or higher. Each year many individual clients, child support offices, attorneys, judges and physicians choose Genegle as their source for information, guidance and testing services in order to determine paternity.

Are DNA testing results confidential?

Yes, DNA test results are strictly confidential. They are released only to the adult persons who were tested and, as requested, to their authorized agents (e.g. attorneys), USCIS, or requesting Embassy.

How does DNA testing work using a buccal swab?

A buccal swab is a specialized applicator with a sponge, cotton or Dacron tip. The applicator is rubbed on the inside of the cheek to collect epithelial cells. This procedure is non-invasive and painless.

What kinds of samples are used for DNA testing?

Genegle frequently uses a cheek swab collection (buccal swab) since it is easy to obtain, completely non-invasive, painless, and is just as accurate as blood samples. Almost any biological sample could be used since DNA is located everywhere throughout the body in the same form and structure as it is detected and recorded by paternity testing methods. However, for immigration DNA testing, only buccal swabs are collected.

How old does a child need to be to do a DNA test?

There is no age limit with DNA Profiling. Children who are just a few days old can be tested using buccal swab sample collection. Under special circumstances where fetal or maternal health are directly involved, amniotic fluids or CVS samples can be used to determine paternity.

Can paternity testing be done without a specimen from the Mother?

Yes, it is possible to perform DNA paternity testing by comparing DNA profiles from only the child and an alleged father when the mother is unavailable. However, Genegle strongly recommends that the mother be included in the testing whenever possible. If the child is a minor, it is absolutely required that the legal guardian provide consent for the child to provide a sample and be tested. If the child is at least 18 years old this consent is not required. Motherless paternity testing could require additional time to complete.

What does "chain-of-custody" mean?

Chain-of-custody refers to a process that makes Genegle's DNA test results legally admissable to courts and the US government. Chain-of-custody requires:

1. Tested parties to be properly identified when submitting samples.

2. Samples to be collected by a neutral third-party.

3. Samples to be sealed in a tamper-proof manner when collected and inspected for evidence of tampering when they arrive at Genegle's lab.

When these are satisfied and documented, they are said to meet chain-of-custody requirements. This means that the DNA test results can be used for legal purposes such as immigration


What happens to my samples after you test them?

We store samples for six months and then destroy the samples unless you ask us to keep them, then we will store them for a further 6 months for a storage charge. Please contact us if you wish to take advantage of this facility.