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The Use of DNA Testing In Immigration Applications

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Since 2010 the number of UKBA funded DNA tests used to established biological relationships for individuals seeking immigration to the UK has dramatically decreased. However during the same time the number of cases where DNA Testing is used has increased. The emphasis, responsibility and in many cases the costs now lie firmly with the individuals seeking immigration and their solicitors. Whilst clients from Africa are predominantly required to provide DNA tests due to a lack of official documentation this trend is spreading further afield. Immigration from China to the UK and USA has more than doubled in the last 12 months and with that so has the rise in requirements for DNA Testing. With local laws, controlled goods regulations and strict customs regimes it is important to ensure the company providing the testing is not only fully accredited but understands and works, on a daily basis, with the region where the individuals seeking immigration reside. What areas should you check and ensure for your immigration DNA Test?



  1. Many immigration applications include extended family members therefore it’s important to make sure you have the best chance of getting a conclusive result. If the laboratory tests just 16 DNA Markers, as many labs do, 1 in 5 tests come back inconclusive. Therefore DNA Worldwide test up to 44 markers, at no extra cost, to ensure that only 1 in 100 tests may come back inconclusive without testing further relatives.
  2. Does the DNA Testing company organise and arrange all appointments for both Visa applications and Passport applications worldwide, using embassy approved doctors?  Trying to organise an appointment overseas yourself is extremely time consuming and can delay the process by weeks.

As well as the detail of the testing and the logistics of the firm is the importance of absolute quality and accreditation. Always seek a firm that is ISO:9001, ISO:17025 and MOJ accredited.


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