Frequently asked questions (and answers) for Immigration DNA testing:

Who is required to submit a sample for immigration DNA testing?

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.

How do I provide a sample for DNA analysis?

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.

How long does Immigration DNA testing take?

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.

Why are we being asked to test both parents when immigration is only questioning one relationship?

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.

How can I ensure that my samples or the samples from my applicant will not be tampered with?

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 Maxxam’s 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).

What types of identification will my relatives or I need to submit at the time of testing?

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.

Why are we being asked to test both parents when immigration is only questioning one relationship?

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.

How can I ensure that my samples or the samples from my applicant will not be tampered with?

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 Maxxam’s 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).

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