As a citizen of the United States, it is your right to help a relative obtain what is commonly referred to as a “Green Card,” meaning that they become a lawful permanent resident of the United States. This allows them to legally live and work in the United States permanently. In order to help bring your family to the United states, you become the potential immigrant’s sponsor. When referring to immigration, being a sponsor simply means that you are trying to bring them into the country or petitioning for them. Generally speaking, you are able to petition for the immigration of your spouse, your children, your parents, and/or your siblings.
Family-sponsored immigration is a complex process and requires that you prove your relationship with the potential immigrant. This is generally accomplished through the presentation of documentation that establishes your family relationship with the potential immigrant. Unfortunately, there are times when no credible documentation is available to establish your family relationship.
Immigration DNA Testing
If you are unable to prove your family relationship through documentation, you will need to establish the relationship through DNA testing. DNA testing is actually the only form of non-documentary proof that is accepted to establish a biological relationship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Using DNA testing for immigration purposes can help establish parent/child relationships and full- or half-siblingship. According to the United States Department of State, “More distant relationships cannot be proven reliably using DNA testing.”3
You should be aware that establishing your family relationship through documentation or DNA testing is only one step in the family-sponsored immigration process. It does not guarantee the success of your immigration petition.
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