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Genetic (DNA) Testing

Information Sheet For Genetic (DNA) Testing

NOTE: If you already have a DNA package tracking number, please see more information on appointments for DNA testing.

In order to qualify for certain classes of visas, an applicant is required to demonstrate to the Consular Officer that he or she has a particular family or blood relationship to the petitioner. We have carefully considered the evidence presented in your case and have concluded that you have not demonstrated the necessary relationship. One way to demonstrate this relationship is through DNA testing. If you elect to seek DNA testing, you must follow the procedures outlined here.

Information for Petitioners Residing in the United States

The petitioner must schedule a DNA test appointment with a laboratory that is approved by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). A list of AABB-approved laboratories can be found at the AABB website. Most of these laboratories are in the United States, although there are also labs in the following countries: Canada, the Dominican Republic and Great Britain.

Information for Petitioners Residing in Honduras

Petitioners residing in Honduras must choose an AABB lab in the United States (as previously detailed) and then have a DNA test kit sent to the American Embassy in Honduras. A list of AABB-approved laboratories can be found at the AABB website. Then, both the petitioner and the beneficiary may request to schedule a DNA test appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, if they have an e-mail address and tracking number of the DNA kit delivered to the Embassy at the link at the top of this page. Once the samples are taken, they will be sent to an AABB lab in the United States for analysis.

Petitioners must request that the selected laboratory in the U.S. send a collection kit for each beneficiary directly to the following address:

American Embassy
Consular Section/DNA Specialist
Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Information for the Beneficiary in Honduras

Beneficiaries will be contacted by the American Embassy to schedule an appointment, or if they have an e-mail address and the tracking number of the DNA kit that was delivered to the Embassy they can request an appointment at the link at the top of this page. Note: Appointments are only scheduled on Thursdays.

On the appointment day, the beneficiary must appear in person with two color passport photographs (2"x2"), a valid passport and a photocopy, an address of the petitioner in the United States. Failure to produce satisfactory documentation will result in delays. The beneficiary must pay a fee in cash (exact change) to the laboratory at the U.S. Embassy at the time of sample collection. The current fee per applicant is US$ 20, or its equivalent in Lempiras.

The petitioner must also check with the laboratory to ensure that a pre-paid envelope is included with the kit. Otherwise, the beneficiary should provide a pre-paid courier delivery envelope addressed to the selected U.S. laboratory. This envelope will be used to send the beneficiary's sample for comparison with the petitioner's sample. Beneficiaries can acquire pre-paid courier deliver envelopes at FedEx, DHL, etc.

What Happens Next?

If the genetic test results support the claimed relationship, the Consular Section will notify the beneficiary of the positive results and remind the beneficiary to complete any pending documentation. If there is no documentation pending, an immigrant visa will be issued.

If the genetic test results indicate the claimed relationship does not exist, the petition will be returned to the Department of Homeland Security accompanied by a recommendation by the Consular Section that the petition be revoked. The case will be closed and no further documents or evidence will be accepted by the Embassy. The Consular Section will then notify the beneficiary with news of the petition's revocation.

Important Things to Remember about DNA Testing

  • Genetic testing is voluntary; you choose whether or not to do it;
  • The Embassy will only accept results collected from the buccal (oral) swab DNA testing method. This method (removing a small amount of genetic material from the inside of the mouth) is simple, clean, and non-invasive.
  • The cost of testing and all expenses relating to testing (such as doctors' fees, mailing fees, AABB-approved laboratory fees, etc.) are the responsibility of the petitioner and beneficiary and must be paid in advance;
  • The Embassy has no role in setting these costs and will not intervene with any laboratory to seek any adjustments in costs;
  • The Embassy does not provide refunds for unused DNA kits nor does it participate in any way in the financial transactions required for DNA testing;
  • For purposes of visa issuance, the Embassy will only accept original genetic test results that have been sent to the Embassy directly by the laboratory conducting the test. This is to ensure all necessary safeguards in conformity with U.S. visa regulations are followed;
  • The Embassy does not assume responsibility for the professional caliber or practice of any of the AABB accredited parentage testing laboratories;
  • Submitting to testing in no way guarantees the subsequent issuance of an immigrant visa; and while the genetic test is pending, all other investigations related to the case will be suspended until the testing process is completed;
  • Petitions returned to the Department of Homeland Security in the United States based on negative results may be revoked or denied by the DHS. The Embassy reminds all applicants that penalties exist for making false statements in the filing of immigrant visa applications.