Immigration DNA testing in Canada

DNA testing may be used to verify biological relationships among family members as part of an application to immigrate to Canada. Whether you need help in testing a family member overseas or testing a sponsor here in Canada, we are ready to help you understand the process and to provide reliable results that are accepted by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC).

CIC-approved Immigration DNA Testing in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1: Call

Call us (1.877.779.3715 ) to discuss your specific case requirements with one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Representatives.

Step 2: Order

Pay for the DNA analysis that is required to complete your legal testing.

Step 3: Schedule

Coordinate & schedule DNA sample collection appointments with third-party identity verification.

Step 4: Collect

DNA samples are collected and sent following strict “chain of custody protocols” to our laboratory for analysis.

Step 5: Report

Clients (and their legal representative(s)) receive a confidential report with conclusive results within 5 business days after receipt of all specimens at our laboratory.



*Call to order: 1-877-779-3715 & have ready

  1. A copy of your Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) letter or
    Canadian High Commission (CHC) letter requesting DNA testing.
  2. Lawyer or immigration consultant information (if applicable)
  3. Each applicant’s contact details (to facilitate scheduling)

If you have any questions, please call us (Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm ET):


Frequently Asked DNA Testing Questions (& Answers)

DNA questions (and answers) regarding testing for immigration.
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The Embassy or Consulate will issue a letter identifying which relationships are to be verified. We require a DNA sample from each person listed in the letter you receive from the Embassy/Consulate.

For immigration DNA testing, we will set up a sample collection appointment for each person to be tested – both the sponsor (in Canada) and each applicant (overseas); samples must be verified by an authorized collection agent.

The DNA itself is obtained by rubbing a swab on the inside of your cheek. It is a pain-free, routine procedure, gentle enough for a newborn baby.

Once we have received all of the samples for a “case”, DNA analysis is completed and reported in approximately five (5) business days. Please note that we have no control over the timing of overseas sampling as required by CIC and we are unable to start our testing until we have received all samples.

The test is always more conclusive in a Parent-Child relationship if you have both parents tested. The fee is the same whether one parent or both are tested.

Only clinics or agents authorized by the Embassy will collect the DNA samples overseas. In many cases, a government officer will be assigned to collect the sample. An Embassy officer will be present to witness the sample collection and they are generally in charge of sealing and shipping the samples. In Canada, the sample collection is completed at one of our trained collection sites. These sites are required to follow BV Labs specific procedures that ensure all samples are identified, collected properly, sealed and secured.

Upon receipt at our laboratory, all packages will be inspected to ensure that there is no evidence of package tampering.  If there is any concern regarding the integrity of the DNA samples, we will request a re-collection of the specimen(s).

The Canadian sponsor will need to provide valid government issued photo identification. A photograph will be taken or will have to be submitted at the time of the sample collection (this photo will not be returned). There is a consent form that is also completed and a fingerprint of the applicant is inked onto the consent form.

For each applicant overseas, he or she must submit two passport type photographs along with any government type of documents that will prove identity.

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