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Orchid Cellmark holds multiple accreditations from various organizations and adheres to the standards of each accrediting organization. Compliance by our laboratories to these accreditation requirements provides assurance to our clients that test results provided by Orchid Cellmark are of the highest quality. Clink on the links above to learn more about our accreditations.
Immigration Testing

General

  1. What is an Immigration Test?
  2. Do I need an attorney?
  3. Do I need a doctor’s order or court order?
  4. What paperwork do I need to submit to Orchid Cellmark?
  5. What Types of Tests can be Performed?
  6. Can DNA Testing Take Place Without The Mother?
  7. Can Testing Take Place Without the Father?
  8. How Is My Personal Information Protected?

1. What is an Immigration Test?
A DNA immigration test is a paternity, maternity or kinship test conducted at the request of the Department of State or the Department of Homeland Security. For DOS information on paternity testing .

2. Do I need an attorney?
No, Orchid Cellmark does not require clients to have an attorney in order to conduct a DNA test.

3. Do I need a doctor’s order or court order?
No, as long as the test has been requested by the Department of State or Department of Homeland Security (United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)), Orchid Cellmark does not require a doctor’s order or court order.

4. What paperwork do I need to submit to Orchid Cellmark?
In order to set up a case, we need a copy of the letter from either the US Embassy or USCIS Service Center requesting a DNA test.

5. What Types of Tests can be Performed?
Orchid Cellmark can conduct routine DNA paternity or maternity testing or more complex family studies using a variety of different DNA technologies.

6. Can DNA Testing Take Place Without The Mother?
It is possible to conduct a DNA paternity or kinship test without a sample from the child’s biological mother however whenever possible, it is useful to test a sample from the child’s biological mother.

7. Can Testing Take Place Without the Father?
It is possible to conduct a DNA maternity or kinship test without a sample from the child’s biological father however whenever possible, it is useful to test a sample from the child’s biological father

8. How Is My Personal Information Protected?
Your privacy and security are important to us. Once samples are taken in the collection site, they are packaged in a tamper proof bag for shipment to our DNA testing laboratory. Entry into our DNA testing facility is by restricted access only. All samples are bar-coded and all computer systems are secured. Results are sent to authorized individuals only and cases are only discussed with those who are authorized to do so. For the protection of the tested parties, results are not usually released over the phone except in unusual circumstances. All samples and DNA profiles are retained for a period of time, as required by accreditation guidelines but are destroyed after the requisite storage periods.