Wednesday, October 25, 2006

DNA Tests for Family Immigrants

The Washington Post reports that DNA tests are increasingly being used in immigration cases. Sometimes they are helpful for people who want to sponsor relatives but cannot produce paperwork to show the family relationship. At other times, though, they have been required by the U.S. even when the prospective immigrants' birth certificates and other documents are in order, showing a close relationship to the U.S. citizen or permanent resident who wants to sponsor them. In those cases, the tests add to the cost and time necessary for the visa application. DNA Testing A Mixed Bag For Immigrants, Wash. Post, Oct. 25, 2006, at A1.

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