DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Testing Information
In order to formally establish a biological relationship in conjunction with your visa application, a DNA test has been recommended in your case. Please note that if you decide to undergo such a test, it is at your own expense. This test must be conducted in a Laboratory accredited by the American Association of blood banks (AABB), found on: http://www.aabb.org/Content/Accreditation/
The person(s) to be tested must independently choose his or her own AABB Laboratory, make the appointment and go to the collection site directly. Under no circumstances can individuals use 3rd party vendors to select their laboratory, arrange their appointments or transport the specimens. The requested specimen collection technique is buccal (cheek or mouth cavity) swab.
The relative in the United States to be tested must select the AABB Laboratory nearest to his or her residence and contact them directly to make arrangements for testing and to send a test kit to the Embassy. The test kit must include a pre-paid, pre-addressed return envelope (DHL) and explicit sampling instructions. Your testing kit must be sent to the following address:
Embassy of the United States of America
Rosa Parks Avenue
P. O. Box 817
Once the Embassy receives your testing kit, the consular office will contact you to arrange a time to come to the Embassy to provide a DNA sample. All persons providing samples must bring their passports, 2 passport photographs (please write your names and signatures on the back of your photographs) and 35,000 Frs. CFA. The identity of the individual being tested will be verified and confirmed by the Embassy. A lab technician from the Embassy panel physician’s office will collect the DNA sample in the consular section. While the Embassy does not charge a fee, the panel physician’s office charges 35.000 Frs. CFA, per applicant, to collect the sample.
Once the test is complete, the Embassy will seal the DNA samples and ship them, using the pre-paid envelope, to the designated AABB laboratory.
AABB Laboratories will send test results directly to the Embassy. Even though your relative or petitioner may receive his own copy of the results earlier, the Embassy can act only after receiving results directly from the AABB Laboratory. When the Embassy receives the results, we will contact you.
For any questions, please call us at 237-2220-1603 or 237 2220-1550 extension, 4149, 4576, or 4030