DNA Testing is being increasingly used in domestic and international assisted reproduction and surrogacy cases. For In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), DNA tests are used to verify that the child is the biological offspring of one or both donors. Those involved in surrogacy are also finding DNA Testing valuable, as many states are now requiring parents to adopt a child carried by a gestational surrogate only after verifying their biological relationship to the child. The most common DNA tests used in assisted reproduction cases are paternity and maternity tests.

In the case of international surrogacy cases, the U.S. Embassy or USCIS will request DNA Testing before allowing the newborn to leave the country of origin. Universal Genetics / Advanced Genetics works with U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Immigration Service Centers around the world. We have vast knowledge of the ins and outs of many countries’ processes.



Many times, these cases can be done for immigration purposes as the evidence will be presented to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas. In fact, many of these tests are done in connection to Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) application filed by parents for their children so they can obtain their U.S. Citizenship. Therefore, the process is similar to other U.S. Immigration Cases.


Our laboratory controls the participants’ DNA sample collection process, if they are in the United States. If the parent(s) participating in the DNA test are overseas and will provide their DNA samples at the U.S. Embassy, then all samples get collected         abroad.


Our laboratory ships the DNA Collection Kit to the U.S. Embassy / Consulate abroad if there is a petition filed ahead of time. However, many times it is recommended for parents to have the DNA kit sent to the U.S. Embassy before any filing is done. Thus, when the child is born the DNA kit is waiting at the U.S. Embassy and the appointment can be coordinated with them as soon as the CRBA application is filed.


The U.S. Embassy / Consulate collects the beneficiary’s DNA sample and ships them back to our laboratory.


Once the DNA testing has been completed, our laboratory ships the DNA test results to the requesting U.S. Embassy / Consulate.


Our laboratory director is a pediatrician and general doctor; therefore, he understands that recent born children overseas can be vulnerable to all kinds of conditions. Consequently, we strive to finish all Surrogacy DNA Tests for cases involving CRBA applications filed at U.S. Embassies and Consulate abroad as fast as possible (48-72 hours from the moment we receive the DNA samples for all participants) without any additional fees, so that we can help families bring their love ones home quickly.


If this test is initiated in connection to a CRBA application, then we will need the following:

A copy of the letter / written request provided by the U.S. Embassy or USCIS Office. This document typically contains:
Your file / case number
The names of the persons that need to be tested
The type of relationship that needs to be proved

Sometimes this document is not available. If that is the case, make sure to let us know this is a CRBA case for surrogacy DNA test.

In addition we will need the following from the participants in the U.S. and abroad:

Dates of Birth
Phone Numbers


As mentioned before, it is recommended for the DNA kit to be sent to the U.S. Embassy / Consulate before the CRBA application is filed. Thus, when the application is entered, the DNA kit is waiting for the client and he/she can request an appointment with the U.S. Embassy / Consulate for DNA sample collection right away. However, we recommend that the DNA kit is sent just about 2-3 weeks before the child’s expected date of birth as the kit will remain idle for some time at the U.S. Embassy / Consulate and it can get lost or misplaced if it is sent with too much anticipation.


To get your DNA testing process started,
or to answer any questions you may have

Please call 1-888-DNA-LAB-8 (1-888-362-5228)
and one of our DNA Case Counselors
will be glad to guide you through the process.