Immigration Testing Overview
Who Pays for the Test?
Test fees are paid by the test participants. These fees are not paid by the USCIS or Embassy. There are two fees associated with Immigration DNA testing:
DNA Test Fee:
DNA test - Paternity, Maternity, Siblings, etc.
- Shipment of DNA kit from GenerationsDNA to the US Embassy/Collection site
- Return shipment of samples from the the collection site
- Shipment of the original report and documents from GenerationsDNA to the USCIS/U.S. Embassy
The person residing in the United States is the petitioner. We can set up an appointment for the petitioner to be collected at a facility close to their home. They will need to appear at the collection site with a government issued photo identification and a copy of a letter from the USCIS/Embassy asking for a DNA test.
If this letter is not available we would require any document they have received stating their government issued case number. This information is critical so that the USCIS/ Embassy is able match the laboratory results to the correct government case.
The person outside of the United States, is the beneficiary. The beneficiary will be collected at the U.S. Embassy in their country or at a site approved by the U.S. Embassy. A sample collection kit must be sent directly from GenerationsDNA to the foreign location. This shipping cost is included in the immigration handling fee.
Generations DNA will then supply you with the tracking number and appointment information. Some countries contact the persons in their country with an appointment time, while other countries contact the petitioner with an appointment time. In some cases, there are countries that may contact the laboratory with an appointment time.
The fees to be paid for the collection are NOT included in the immigration fee. The cost must be paid by the persons in the foreign country.
The beneficiary needs to take government issued identification with them to the collection appointment as well as payment for the collection charges.
Shipping Samples from a Foreign Country
After collection, the samples are sent directly to GenerationsDNA by the U.S. Embassy or their designee. The fees for this shipment ARE included in the immigration handling fee. The laboratory will provide the donor with a tracking number for this shipment.
Please note that a small number of countries require the persons in the foreign country to pay these shipping costs. This will not change the immigration handling fees. The laboratory will notify you if in advance you are working with one of these countries.
DNA Testing & Results
Once all of the samples and necessary documentation have been received, a sample receipt email will be sent to inform you that the samples have arrived from the foreign country. Test results will be available in 2-6 business days, depending on the testing scenario. You will receive an email notification once results have been posted to your account.
The U.S. Government requires that the final results be received directly from the testing laboratory. GenerationsDNA will ship two notarized copies of the test results and the original photographs and documents to the USCIS office or U.S. Embassy. It is critical that the test participants notify us as to where results should be shipped.
GenerationsDNA will provide a FedEx tracking number for this shipment. The fees for this shipment will be included in the immigration handling fee.
US Agency Follow Up
The USCIS typically requires one to two weeks to process once they have received the result package from