Immigration News: USCIS & FAM New Policy for Sibling DNA Testing

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Immigration News:  USCIS & FAM New Policy for Sibling DNA Testing

Recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new immigration policy on establishing sibling or half-sibling relationship when primary evidence is unavailable or unreliable.  A USCIS officer may suggest or consider a direct sibling-to-sibling DNA test by an AABB-accredited lab when establishing sibling relationship in immigration cases.

Additionally, since January 24, 2017 and pursuant to 9 FAM 601.11-1 (A)(3) and 9 FAM 601.11-1 (B) of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), U.S. Consular officers are permitted to recommend direct sibling-to-sibling DNA testing as one of the ways of establishing sibling relationship.

For additional information on immigration policies on direct sibling-to-sibling DNA testing, please see and

This article is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be relied on as legal advice or attorney-client relationship. By Aik Wan Kok, Lawyer USA Immigration Services, at Tiya; Tel: 703-772-8224 & info at tiyaimmigration dot com; Direct dial from abroad: 001-703-7728224; ;

Aik Wan Kok Fillali at Tiya
 represents companies, employers, individuals and families, located nationwide and internationally, in U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.  We focus on diverse immigration cases such as extraordinary ability; national interest waiver; PERM; green card; N-400 Naturalization; various waivers; H cases; L executive, manager and specialized knowledge professional; E treaty investor/trader; cases with USCIS, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Consulates and National Visa Center.


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