ABSTRACT

Memorandum: Genetic Relationship Testing; Suggesting DNA Tests Revisions to the Adjudicators Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21 (AFMUpdate AD07-25)   [open pdf - 193KB]

"This guidance replaces the memorandum entitled List of American Association of Blood Banks [AABB] Accredited Parentage Testing Laboratories, issued April 7, 2005. This guidance reminds officers that AABB - formally the American Association of Blood Banks - is not a DNA testing laboratory. Rather, AABB is the accrediting body for DNA testing laboratories. When a DNA testing laboratory submits DNA test results to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the existence of a biological relationship, USCIS requires that laboratory to have an AABB accreditation. AABB publishes their list of accredited laboratories online. Officers should not contact AABB directly and they should discourage petitioners from contacting AABB directly. This guidance also reminds officers that USCIS cannot require DNA testing to establish a claimed biological relationship.l However, in situations where credible evidence is insufficient to prove the claimed biological relationship, officers may suggest and consider DNA testing results. In such cases, the petitioner must select an accredited laboratory, contact the laboratory directly, and make the necessary arrangements for conducting the tests. This guidance instructs officers that when they suggest DNA testing, they must identify explicitly the relationship to be tested for."

Report Number:
HQORPM AD07-25 : HQORPM70/8
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Date:
2008-03-19
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/
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pdf
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