Proving You’re Related to Immigrate

It had to happen – the use of DNA samples to prove a person is related to someone in the U.S. if they want to immigrate.

The switch to using DNA to prove a person is related to someone in the U.S. has started, thanks to a variety of eclectic reasons such as – missing birth certificates, or the one that is produced is not acceptable. The only other option offered is the DNA test. At this point, it’s time to consult with a highly qualified immigration attorney such as Rifkin, Fox-Isicoff, P.A., in Miami and Orlando. Facing situations like this without the skill and compassion of these lawyers is not in anyone’s best interest.

The reason it’s prudent to consult with an attorney, is that while getting a DNA test is as simple as having blood drawn or other samples collected, there are 43 different tests, which could prove to be very confusing — not too surprisingly, not all of these tests are created equal. This is precisely why consulting with a competent lawyer will not only lessen the fear about this type of testing, but will outline the process and what and why it is required.

Usually the first step is to get in touch with an American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accredited lab. The petitioner provides vital stats and, in particular, the immigration case number, as well as all the required information for the beneficiaries (the people needed outside the U.S. to provide corresponding DNA to be matched). This information is normally shipped overseas to a U.S. Embassy.

At the other end of the process, the beneficiaries are asked to provide samples. These samples are shipped to the lab for testing. In most cases, this takes about 3 to 7 days with the results being sent to either USCIS or the U.S. Embassy. Copies of the results usually go to the petitioner and, if needed, to a lawyer.

In circumstances such as this, it is best the immigration lawyer is involved in the process from start to finish. Attorneys such as Rifkin, Fox-Isicoff ,P.A., in Miami and Orlando, know precisely how to explain these results and what they mean for the immigration process and petitions. Specialized knowledge that these attorneys are able to provide will reduce the anxiety of the entire immigration process.

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Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A., is an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami Florida and Orlando Florida.