If the Department want more proof that the child you are wanting a visa for is really your biological child, they will ask that you have a DNA test. This confirms your family relationships for a visa or if you want to claim Australian citizenship by descent.
They will be more likely to ask for a DNA test if you or any family members do not have a birth certificate or a family book, or if these documents do not appear reliable.
If they want a DNA test, they we will send you a letter which will include information about DNA testing and about how to select a testing laboratory and sample collector. They will also send the forms that you can use.
It is important if you agree to have a DNA test, you follow the instructions on the letter. If you organise a test before being asked to and do not choose a suitable laboratory, it may not meet the standards and may not be accepted by as evidence of your family relationships.
What is DNA?
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is genetic material present in every cell of our bodies, including our blood, saliva, skin and hair. We inherit our DNA from biological parents, therefore people who are related by blood have parts of DNA from their parents.
What is a DNA test?
DNA tests show whether you are biologically related to another person. It shows that you are biologically related to your parents, your children, or other family members.
A laboratory test compares the DNA in cells from two or more people. The cells are taken from a mouth swab or blood sample.
A DNA test confirms your relationship. Sometimes, a DNA test of other family members (such as a brother and a sister) does not give a clear result. In this case, the laboratory will explain the result. However, a DNA test is conclusive evidence you are related, it cannot be wrong.
Check out our experience. Ian Bosley, migration agent, also was a medical scientist. He understands DNA very well and can explain it to you.