DNA Testing Services for Immigration Offered by DDC

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By providing quality DNA testing services, DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) offers expert assistance to prospective immigrants who need proof of biological relationships to support their U.S. immigration applications.

As the United States’ application procedures for family-based immigration cases become increasingly complex, DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) offers expert assistance to those who need proof of biological relationships by providing them with quality DNA testing services. DDC’s dedicated team of international and immigration specialists coordinate DNA testing for immigration clients in over 168 countries, fulfilling the requirements of the U.S. embassies abroad as well as requirements of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

DDC (http://www.dnacenter.com) can expertly guide clients through immigration-related DNA testing. “Many clients have written us letters expressing their gratitude for our help in reuniting them with their families [who are outside the United States]. The immigration process is very complex, and we do all that we can to help expedite the DNA testing aspect for them,” says Jerry Watkins, Family Relations Manager at DDC.

The USCIS requires DNA testing for immigration cases to be performed by a laboratory accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). DDC is one of the few laboratories on the AABB list that has established an international network and process, smoothing the way for immigration clients whose cases are pending the DNA test results.

A DNA test for immigration must be requested by the USCIS or the U.S. embassy handling the immigration case. The petitioner (sponsor), who is often a U.S. resident, then initiates the testing process by calling DDC, explains Watkins. The petitioner is usually a tested party who is seeking to prove a biological relationship with the other tested parties outside of the United States.

To begin the testing process, a DDC specialist requests a copy of the embassy or USCIS paperwork that lists the names of the individuals to be tested. The specialist then coordinates the DNA sample collection for the tested parties, who may be residing in the United States or abroad.

“The international scheduling team at DDC has procedures in place to meet embassy and USCIS requirements for DNA sample collection. The specific procedures could differ according to each country; in general, we can simply send our DNA sample collection kit to the appropriate office abroad, and the DNA samples are sent back to our laboratory for testing,” says Watkins.

Aside from immigration-related paternity and family relationship testing, DDC also performs DNA testing for private cases internationally. For more information about international or immigration parentage testing, please visit DDC’s international page (http://www.dnacenter.com/international/dna-testing.html) or call +1-513-881-7800 (outside the United States) or 1-800-254-9317 (toll-free, within the United States).

About DDC

DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) is the world’s largest provider of private paternity tests. Since 1995, DDC has performed hundreds of thousands of genetic tests for clients in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services in several specialty areas: family relationship testing, forensics, and veterinary DNA testing. As the leading force in the private DNA testing industry, DDC was one of the first to adopt robotics technology in its laboratory processes for stringent and efficient handling of DNA samples. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ and extended DDC Plex™ panel ensure results of unmatched quality and reliability.

DDC’s quality DNA testing services are nationally and internationally recognized by a number of professional accrediting organizations such as the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), American Association of Crime Laboratory Directors–Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the Forensic Quality Services (FQS-I, ISO/IEC-17025).


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