Everything you need to know about DNA Immigration Testing for IRCC

Navigating Canada’s immigration process can be challenging, especially when it comes to proving family relationships. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may require additional evidence of biological connections, and DNA testing is a key method to provide this evidence. This guide simplifies everything you need to know about IRCC-approved Immigration DNA Testing.

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What is a DNA Immigration Test?

A DNA immigration test is a scientific method used to establish a genetic relationship between a sponsor and applicant(s) seeking to immigrate to Canada.

The IRCC may request a DNA test in cases where family members are unable to provide sufficient documentation, such as birth certificates or other legal documents, to prove their relationship.

DNA immigration testing is a powerful tool for visa applications, citizenship, and family reunification, offering genetic evidence in support of biological connections.

Who needs to provide DNA results for IRCC Canada?

If you are sponsoring a family member for immigration to Canada and lack sufficient documentary evidence to support the relationship, the IRCC may send you a DNA letter informing you of the option to provide DNA results to strengthen your immigration or citizenship application. This can include situations such as:

  • Sponsoring a child born outside of marriage or adoption
  • Sponsoring a parent or grandparent without a birth certificate
  • Sponsoring a sibling without a birth certificate
  • Sponsoring a child without a birth certificate or with a birth certificate that does not establish the relationship.

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How does immigration DNA testing for IRCC work?

The immigration DNA testing process is simple and straightforward. If you’ve been asked to provide DNA evidence to support a biological relationship for an immigration or citizenship case, here’s a step-by-step overview of how it works:

Step 1. Choose an SCC-Accredited Laboratory

The IRCC requires that immigration DNA testing be conducted by a laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). Accreditation ensures the lab operates under strict quality standards, providing accurate, reliable, and confidential results.

Genetrack Biolabs is SCC, AABB, ISO/IEC 17025 accredited, ensuring your DNA immigration test meets the rigorous requirements set by IRCC.

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Step 2. Submit your DNA Letter to the Laboratory

Begin the DNA immigration testing process by sending our laboratory a copy of the DNA test request letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Case Processing Centre (CPC), or the High Commission of Canada. This letter outlines the DNA testing requirements for your family’s specific situation.

Step 3. DNA Sample Collection

Upon receiving your DNA test request letter, our immigration team will contact any family members in Canada to schedule a DNA sample collection appointment. At the scheduled time, a specimen collector will collect cells from the inside of each participant’s mouth using simple and non-invasive cheek swabs.

For family members located outside of Canada, we will send a cheek swab kit to the designated migration office (for an immigration application) or the consular mission (for a citizenship application). The migration office or consular mission will then contact the overseas family members directly to arrange a sampling appointment.

Step 4: Submitting Results to IRCC

By leveraging our streamlined processes and state-of-the-art equipment, our scientists will complete your DNA test within 1 to 3 business days after your collected DNA samples arrive at our laboratory. We’ll submit a copy of the DNA test results directly to IRCC and send a second copy to you.

How much does DNA immigration testing cost?

The cost of an IRCC-approved DNA immigration test starts at $400 for 2 family members, and it varies based on several factors, such as the number of people taking the test, the locations of the participants, and the type of relationship being investigated.

For a personalized quote tailored to your family’s specific situation, fill out online quote form or contact us directly at immigration@genetrackcanada.com or +1-855-284-6553. We respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.

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