Frequently Asked Questions

Is DNA Testing mandatory for CRBA?

When a Family is a given the option to perform a DNA Paternity Test by Immigration. This is normally due to a lack of evidence to provide proof of a biological relationship to an Embassy or Passport Agency. Currently, DNA Testing is not mandatory by Immigration but, it is greatly suggested and can play a huge part in acquiring a Visa and/or to confirm citizenship for CRBA purposes.

It is important to note, submitting a DNA Test does not guarantee that U.S. Embassy official will issue your CRBA. Remember, all evidence submitted to the embassy is still up to your assigned immigration caseworker's discretion.

How long will the DNA Testing process take to complete my result?

The average turnaround time for results is 6-8 weeks, sometimes longer. Please keep in mind each country's process is different and turnaround times could be shorter or longer. For more information on your specific situation please contact one of our DNA Testing Experts at 646-902-1497 today.

What does CRBA stand for?

The acronym CRBA stands for Consular Report Birth Abroad.

How to apply CRBA?

The child’s parents should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (CRBA) to document that the child is a U.S. citizen. If the U.S. embassy or consulate determines that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, a consular officer will approve the CRBA application and the Department of State will issue a CRBA, also called a Form FS-240, in the child’s name.

According to U.S. law, a CRBA is proof of U.S. citizenship and may be used to obtain a U.S. passport and register for school, for other purposes. Read more about CRBA application process here.

How long does it take to receive a response from the Embassy after my CRBA DNA Testing is completed?

There are couple factors you will need to consider. First, each country is different and there is no set time you can expect to receive a response. Second, you must wait until your DNA result arrives at the Embassy in order to begin calculating when you can expect to receive a response. Third, the lab is only responsible for shipping your result. No AABB Accredited DNA laboratory has any authority on enforcing an Embassy, Passport Agency or USCIS to respond to your DNA result submission.

According to some of the client's we helped in the past. They have stated they received a response regarding their status in about a month's time after their result was sent to back to their country's Embassy.

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 What is Immigration DNA Testing?

A DNA Test for Immigration purposes is a DNA Test that helps determine a biological relationship between parents and children or sibling and sibling.

What is the price for an Immigration DNA Test?

The price for a DNA Test varies depending a couple of factors. If all parties are located in the U.S. then pricing starts at $425.00. Please note: A $25 per person sample collection fee may be applied. 

The second factor is if one or all parties live in their country of origin abroad. The pricing starts at $595.00 for 2ppl. Please note: families who live abroad will have to pay a mandatory DNA Sample Collection Fee which varies from country to country. To learn more about this process please call our office today at 646-902-1497 for more details.

Accuracy of DNA Testing

DNA testing reliability has advanced to the industry-accepted standard of 99.5 percent. The accuracy of a DNA test conducted with a cheek swab is equivalent to a test conducted using a blood test. Consular officers may only accept test results reporting a 99.5 percent or greater degree of certainty with respect to paternity/maternity as sufficient to support a biological relationship between a parent and child in visa cases.


All DNA Tests are performed by an AABB Accredited Laboratory and the New York State Dept. of Health (NYSDOH)

When is a DNA Test required for Immigration purposes?

A DNA Test is an option currently suggested by USCIS, U.S. Embassy or Passport Agency for your family to perform. In the near future, DNA Testing may be a requirement but currently, it is an option. Below is our brief 5 step overview of the immigration process.
To get started. Please make sure you received a letter from Immigration providing your family the option to perform a DNA Test.

 Contact our office and allow one of our DNA Testing Experts to coordinate your family’s appointment. Our number to coordinate your appointment today is 646-902-1497.

Once your appointment is set and your samples are collected. All DNA samples will be sent to the laboratory for genetic analyzation.

Upon receipt of your samples at the lab, your results will be completed in 2-3 business days from the date of receipt.

When your results are complete, you will be contacted by your assigned DNA caseworker and he or she will be responsible for mailing a copy of the result and overseeing the process shipment of your results to Immigration (USCIS, US.Embassy or Passport Agency).

Please note:
Domestic DNA Test results will be completed in 2-3 business days from the date of receipt at the laboratory as described above.

International DNA Tests have an average turnaround time of 6-8 weeks. It important to remember that these are average turnaround time frames. Therefore the process may be longer or shorter than the average times cited on this page. Also, it is important to remember, the U.S. Embassy in your country is responsible for coordinating your family’s DNA sample collection appointment in your country and not the lab. Therefore it is difficult to know how long the process would actually take to be completed.

To learn more about the immigration process as it pertains to your specific situation please contact our office today at 646-902-1497.

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing is the most accurate and widely available technology to test a biological relationship. The preferred specimen collection technique for DNA testing is by buccal (cheek or mouth cavity) swab. When buccal swabs are taken, samples are collected from the inside cheek or mouth using a long cotton swab. While there are different types of DNA tests, buccal cheek swabs are used rather than blood samples because they are easier to collect, non-invasive, painless, and easier to ship.
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