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Hello All,

I have petitioned for my stepsons late April. My husband (their dad) is here in the States with me, they are still in Nigeria. We are expecting a DNA test requirement. Many people have said that you have to wait for NVC to request the DNA test before you can get it done. I went online tonigh to read about the process. The following is what the immigration accredited DNA Testing Facility in my area had posted on their website:

There are several different paths that your DNA testing for immigration can take. An ‘average’ DNA testing process is shown; be warned however it can be revised by Homeland Security / USCIS at any time.

You also have the option of taking a DNA test before Homeland Security / USCIS requests it, for example, when a family member is visiting.

This can save you time and money.

Average Step by Step Process For Immigration DNA Testing

Come to Independent Forensics’ office in Hillside IL. No appointment is required, but you must bring official photo identification and all Homeland Security / USCIS documentation with you. Please bring full contact information for the beneficiary - it is required to complete the paperwork.

Your DNA sample will be collected at Independent Forensics – we will then prepare and ship a DNA collection packet to the designated foreign Embassy, Consulate or Clinic.

The Embassy, Consulate or Clinic will contact the beneficiary, perform the collection and ship the sample and paperwork back to Independent Forensics. Once we receive the completed DNA packet and paperwork, laboratory results will be available in 3-5 business days.

Results will then be sent by Independent Forensics directly to all required parties, the Embassy, Homeland Security / USCIS etc.

Independent Forensics’ testing meets or exceeds AABB standards and is accepted by Homeland Security / USCIS for all family studies.

You can conveniently locate one of our easy to access DNA Immigration Collection Offices throughout the United States they are located in every metropolitan area in the USA.

The part that I am interested is this:

You also have the option of taking a DNA test before Homeland Security / USCIS requests it, for example, when a family member is visiting.

This can save you time and money.

Am I reading this wrong? When we want aomething so bad, sometimes we turn words around to make them sound how we would like them to. I would really LOVE to save the time if I don't really have to wait until they request for it. What are your thoughts? I will be calling USCIS in the morning but thought I would ask here to see what anyone has to say.


HUSBAND'S CASE

9/17/2011 - sent I-13

09/19/2011 - noa1 received

3/16/2012 - case sent to my local USCIS office for additional processing

4/21/2012 - AP. If we haven't heard from them in SIX MONTHS (omg) we can feel free to call them!!! Thanks!

9/20/2012 - Interview scheduled - October 3!!!!

10/3/2012 - Interview went well but she must look at his A-file more before decision.

10/12/2012 - I-130 APPROVED! APPROVED! APPROVED!

KIDS' CASES

04/20/2012: NOA107/20/2012: instead of an approval, we got thrown into AP. sigh

11/01/2012: Boys' I-130 interview set for November 28, 2012.

11/28/2012: I-130s APPROVED! APPROVED! APPROVED!

NVC

12/14/2012: NVC Received

12/31/2012: Case number/IIN

12/31/2012: DS-3032 sent

01/08/2013: DS-3032 accepted

01/02/2013: AOS bill0

1/03/2013: AOS bill shows PAID

01/04/2013: AOS package sent

01/09/2013: IV bill

01/10/2013: IV bill shows PAID

01/11/2013: IV package sent

01/23/2013: Case complete

02/01/2013: Interview scheduled

US Embassy Lagos

02/22/2013: Embassy received

03/01/2013: Medical

03/20/2013: Interview - was told the boys would have been approved on the spot if they had pics! Errrr :-(

04/15/2013: DNA test

05/15/2013: Emailed embassy BEGGING them to let boys drop off passports for visa insertion. IT WORKED!!!

05/31/2013: Visa in hand

06/02/2013: POE JFK!!!!!!

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Filed: Country: Nigeria
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so no good answers from me but would like to know what the answer to this is.....


May your VJ be a fruitful one! Dad petition for Nne Visa type: Family Based 2APD - Jan 27, 20071st interview..12/14/2010Appointment for DNA Collection in Nig..March 30,2011VISA GRANTED!!!!!!!!! No questions...May 23rd, 2011Mom petition for DuumVisa type: Family Based 2BPD...............May 21, 2005Approval notice..June 10, 2009Received Choice of Agent.........October 15, 2010Mailed CoA to NVC................Dec 17, 2010IV bill generated................Jan 04, 2011IV bill & AOS bill rec'd & paid..Jan 10, 2011AOS mailed to NVC................Jan 14, 2011IV packet mailed to NVC..........Feb 01, 2011IV packet received by NVC........Feb 14, 2011Case completed at NVC............Feb 23rd, 2011Interview...................................June 14, 2013 DNA sample collection for July 8Visa approval upon receipt of DNA result.. Now in the USA! (Sept, 2013)<p>Dad petition for ZeeVisa type: Family Based 2B - Upgraded to F1 12/2011PD...............Jan 27,2007 Approval notice..Aug 06, 2009, Rec'd COA & AOS request 12/16/2011 3/14/2014 interview.. visa granted! Dad for Kay FB2 - Upgraded to F1 12/2011 PD..........March 28, 2008Approval notice........Oct 27, 2009, Interview for 01/21/2016. Visa granted! no DNA requested!

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Filed: Country: Nigeria
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I called USCIS twice and spoke to 2 different tier 2 people (which I always do when asking about a tough question, just to make sure I get the same answer from different people). They both said that it is acceptable to do the DNA tests before you are asked for it. The only problem is that immigration may not even ask you for it and if that's the case then you've wasted a lot of money! I think at this point we are almost positive that we will be asked to do a DNA test. We are going to risk the $1000 and get it done next week. We can either shave 3 months off of our case or waste $1000. We are willing to take the chance.

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HUSBAND'S CASE

9/17/2011 - sent I-13

09/19/2011 - noa1 received

3/16/2012 - case sent to my local USCIS office for additional processing

4/21/2012 - AP. If we haven't heard from them in SIX MONTHS (omg) we can feel free to call them!!! Thanks!

9/20/2012 - Interview scheduled - October 3!!!!

10/3/2012 - Interview went well but she must look at his A-file more before decision.

10/12/2012 - I-130 APPROVED! APPROVED! APPROVED!

KIDS' CASES

04/20/2012: NOA107/20/2012: instead of an approval, we got thrown into AP. sigh

11/01/2012: Boys' I-130 interview set for November 28, 2012.

11/28/2012: I-130s APPROVED! APPROVED! APPROVED!

NVC

12/14/2012: NVC Received

12/31/2012: Case number/IIN

12/31/2012: DS-3032 sent

01/08/2013: DS-3032 accepted

01/02/2013: AOS bill0

1/03/2013: AOS bill shows PAID

01/04/2013: AOS package sent

01/09/2013: IV bill

01/10/2013: IV bill shows PAID

01/11/2013: IV package sent

01/23/2013: Case complete

02/01/2013: Interview scheduled

US Embassy Lagos

02/22/2013: Embassy received

03/01/2013: Medical

03/20/2013: Interview - was told the boys would have been approved on the spot if they had pics! Errrr :-(

04/15/2013: DNA test

05/15/2013: Emailed embassy BEGGING them to let boys drop off passports for visa insertion. IT WORKED!!!

05/31/2013: Visa in hand

06/02/2013: POE JFK!!!!!!

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It certainly sounds very plausible. It would be nice to hear from anyone else that has gone through this as it would be very helpful in trying to avoid delays in the process.

Did the tier 2 people give you steps on how to accomplish this? As far as the logistics of the whole process, I have a few questions that come to mind:

  • Will you just being doing your husband's part ahead of time or also the children's?
  • Is collection for Nigeria done at the consulate? What steps can you take to arrange this or work around it?
  • Will the testing facility hang on to the results until they have been requested and you know where to send them?
  • If you are not waiting, where will you have the testing facility send the results - Service Center, NVC, Embassy?
  • If CSC, NVC or the embassy isn't expecting the package how will you ensure that it will get where it needs to go?

Has anyone had DNA requested at the NVC stage? In my limited experience I haven't heard of NVC requesting DNA, only the embassy.

If you were going to do DNA early I would think trying to submit it to NVC while your case is there might be your best bet. At the very least perhaps you can have the testing facility submit your husband's results to NVC so that all that needs to be done at the embassy level will be the kids collection and processing. Those are just my thoughts. I really hope you can find a way to accomplish this.

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Filed: Country: Nigeria
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We will get my husbands and the 2 kids done. The kids in Nigeria is what is going to take the longest. My husband here in the states would only take a week or so.

We would have them send the results to wherever our case is at at the time. Most likely it will still be at the Cali service center, if we can manage to get this done ASAP. If I goes to Cali then they would just pass it along to NVC with the rest of our papers.

Because DNA tests obviously don't expire, it is basically just extra proof that the embassy doesn't have to ask for later.

My question is, if the Nigerian embassy has no info on the boys (because the case is still at USCiS) aren't they going to be like, "why the hell do we have this? Who are these people?".

I will be scheduling an infopass next week for these questions as well as some others for my husband's case.


HUSBAND'S CASE

9/17/2011 - sent I-13

09/19/2011 - noa1 received

3/16/2012 - case sent to my local USCIS office for additional processing

4/21/2012 - AP. If we haven't heard from them in SIX MONTHS (omg) we can feel free to call them!!! Thanks!

9/20/2012 - Interview scheduled - October 3!!!!

10/3/2012 - Interview went well but she must look at his A-file more before decision.

10/12/2012 - I-130 APPROVED! APPROVED! APPROVED!

KIDS' CASES

04/20/2012: NOA107/20/2012: instead of an approval, we got thrown into AP. sigh

11/01/2012: Boys' I-130 interview set for November 28, 2012.

11/28/2012: I-130s APPROVED! APPROVED! APPROVED!

NVC

12/14/2012: NVC Received

12/31/2012: Case number/IIN

12/31/2012: DS-3032 sent

01/08/2013: DS-3032 accepted

01/02/2013: AOS bill0

1/03/2013: AOS bill shows PAID

01/04/2013: AOS package sent

01/09/2013: IV bill

01/10/2013: IV bill shows PAID

01/11/2013: IV package sent

01/23/2013: Case complete

02/01/2013: Interview scheduled

US Embassy Lagos

02/22/2013: Embassy received

03/01/2013: Medical

03/20/2013: Interview - was told the boys would have been approved on the spot if they had pics! Errrr :-(

04/15/2013: DNA test

05/15/2013: Emailed embassy BEGGING them to let boys drop off passports for visa insertion. IT WORKED!!!

05/31/2013: Visa in hand

06/02/2013: POE JFK!!!!!!

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My question is, if the Nigerian embassy has no info on the boys (because the case is still at USCiS) aren't they going to be like, "why the hell do we have this? Who are these people?".

That would be my worry as well. Hopefully you can find a way around it.

I will be scheduling an infopass next week for these questions as well as some others for my husband's case.

Definitely let us know what happens at the infopass.

Good luck!

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Hi guys. I would like to say being proactive when it comes to DNA is a very good step. That will save you a lot of time of a minimum of 3 months down the line. Especially when it has to do with fathers, children, step children etc. Most often than not they will ask for DNA especially in high risk countries of which they consider every 3rd national country to be.

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