Archive for August, 2009

U. S. Immigration DNA testing

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Recently, we have heard a lot of what our clients called “myths” about immigration DNA testing. Most of these tales were generated by the fact that a lot of our clients did not have a clue what AABB accreditation was and what DNA labs were qualified to perform DNA testing for U. S. immigration purposes. Another factor that contributes to this phenomenon is that some unaccredited DNA laboratories and resellers are posing as AABB accredited facilities to sell this service to the immigration population in need of this critical service.

As recently as yesterday, I got this press release from my Google alerts, which was about a facility in New York expanding their DNA testing services to the entire country and the rest of the world. One group of clients they are trying very hard to woo is those who need DNA testing to complete their immigration process.

First of all, what the immigration applicants should be alerted about is that there is not one single AABB-accredited DNA testing laboratory in the entire state of New York, and AABB accreditation is the basic qualification the U. S. immigration authorities require for any DNA testing lab to perform immigration related DNA tests.

AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks, is the accrediting agency for DNA testing laboratories that produce legally admissible results. The AABB accreditation focuses on DNA testing procedures, specimen collection procedures, chain of custody documentation and lab policies. Because of the stringent standard AABB sets up for the accredited DNA laboratories, the U. S. immigration authorities only entrust these AABB accredited laboratories with handling DNA testing for immigration.

What the immigration clients can do to avoid any possible scam is to make sure that they actually follow the instructions in the paperwork concerning DNA testing issued by the consulate/embassy/USCIS office they are dealing with. Additionally, AABB’s website offers this complete list of DNA laboratories that can be used for immigration DNA testing. Although a lot of unaccredited DNA labs or resellers will often claim they are AABB accredited, a few clicks on AABB’s website can ensure that you make the right choice. You will find the complete list of AABB accredited DNA labs by following this link.

Our laboratory Universal Genetics has been performing immigration DNA testing for years, and is the only DNA laboratory specialized in this critical service. Over the years, we have accumulated in-depth knowledge about procedures and protocols adopted by American immigration offices across the world. Our staff also speaks English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean so that our clients won’t find any language barrier when communicating with our lab. Simply call 1-800-914-1002, and you will have your myth clarified today!