(PRWEB) December 15, 2015
With presidential primary campaigns taking center stage and debate over the Syrian refugee crisis dominating headlines, ARCpoint Labs has seen a significant increase in immigration specific DNA testing in the final months of 2015. ARCpoint Labs performed 83.33 percent more immigration DNA tests in November 2015 than in January 2015. ARCpoint Labs is the national leader in drug testing services with nearly 100 franchise locations across the country.
“Those who come to our DNA testing facilities are seeking important, absolute proof,” said Felix Mirando, CEO of ARCpoint Labs. “With the expanded services ARCpoint Labs now offers, we are able to provide them with peace of mind faster than ever before and at a price point that make these services accessible to nearly everyone.”
Since many foreign countries don’t use reliable documentation standards needed to prove identity, the paperwork they provide to the U.S. government on nationality is increasingly untrustworthy. DNA tests performed by ARCpoint Labs provide information regarding biological relationships between family members and are now accepted by the U.S. Department of State to establish definitive proof of citizenship and background. Through DNA testing, ARCpoint Labs can quickly and reliably prove a relationship to a known citizen, allowing the U.S. government better information when determining an individual’s immigration status.
ARCpoint Labs franchise owner Taylor Collyer has seen steady growth in immigration DNA testing at his Redmond, Wash. based franchise location. Many of his tests have been conducted for Ethiopian, Kenyan and Indian immigrants who have moved to Seattle for jobs and want to continue caring for their parents. DNA testing is used to prove their relationship to each other, opening the door for the State Department to clear them to enter the United States as well.
“The underlying theme at our ARCpoint location is the high-tech businesses that brought people to the Seattle area,” said Collyer. “What we’re finding is that people want to have their families join them here, which is driving a lot of our testing. Through DNA tests they can prove to the State Department that they’re family.”
Traditionally, DNA tests were mainly used for legal purposes, resulting in additional costs to maintain critical chain-of-custody from the moment blood was drawn to its use as evidence in court. Now, with simple cheek swabs for most tests and the addition of lower price points for services like paternity and relationship testing, tests can also be conducted simply for informational purposes, often from something as simple as a hair brush or even a piece of used chewing gum.
“With both types of testing, information is always kept fully secure and confidential,” said Dr. Michael Baird, Chief Science Officer at DNA Diagnostic Center, one of ARCpoint Labs’ strategic partners. “Samples are always collected by a disinterested third party to maintain anonymity, while still determining results with absolute accuracy. For legal cases, our chain of custody process adheres to strict standards, upheld by law enforcement and courts. These standards have been established to ensure nothing has been tampered with during the DNA testing process.”
Through its partner relationships ARCpoint Labs offers a dual testing process for every DNA test performed. Two separate samples are always taken as a quality control measure. They are separated when collected and given to two independent teams. Each team then performs its own DNA test to ensure the results match. Both samples are kept in a secure environment, providing only the information necessary for testing identity.
“Our DNA is a living history of where we’re from and who we are,” said Mirando. “ARCpoint Labs now provides the tools for everyone to unlock that critical information, providing details on ancestry hundreds of years in the making and on relationships born today. We are proud to provide these new options to the public, and through continued advancement in technology, we look forward to writing the next chapter in DNA technology in the years to come.”
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ABOUT ARCPOINT LABS: ARCpoint Labs is a Greenville, S.C.-based full-service national third-party provider/administrator providing Accurate, Reliable, and Confidential drug, alcohol, DNA and steroid testing, employment/background and wellness screening and corporate wellness programs. After the success he saw with his own drug testing lab in 1998, 17-year franchise industry expert Felix Mirando saw the growth potential of the brand and founded ARCpoint Franchise Group LLC in 2005. ARCpoint Labs has become one of the fastest growing, and most flexible models in the franchise industry behind the leadership of Mirando, the brand’s chief executive officer, and the corporate team of experts he has assembled in order to stay ahead of trends in the space and constantly look for new revenue streams to benefit existing franchisees and attract new qualified operators to the system. ARCpoint Labs has nearly 100 locations across the country with plans to grow to 275 franchise locations nationwide by 2020. ARCpoint Labs Franchise Group is proud to have been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in 2014 and is nationally recognized as a member of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA). For more information on ARCpoint Labs and the franchise opportunity, visit http://arcpointlabsfranchise.com/.