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Immigration Relationship Test

Also known as: Immigration DNA Testing

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Some portions of the genetic code are highly variable. These variable regions will frequently be similar in related individuals, but different in unrelated individuals. This test assesses a minimum of 15 highly variable regions of the genetic code between two or more individuals to determine whether they are genetically related. Federal government agencies may ask an applicant or sponsor for confirmation of a biological relationship with a person seeking entry to Australia.

Clinical Utility

This test can potentially confirm or refute the claimed relationship between two or more people.

This is not a medical test. It can only be ordered by the patient or client, and requires the explicit consent of all parties from whom samples are collected. The collection of a sample for genetic testing without consent may be illegal.


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Test Method

Analysis of the number of repeats in highly variable ‘short tandem repeats’ located at multiple points in the genetic code.

Test Ordering

This test may only be requested by an applicant or sponsor in relation to an application for a person seeking entry to Australia. A specific request form must be used (see link below).

Buccal swab, blood sample, or bloodspot card collection from at least two individuals.

To help ensure the quality of the test, a genetic test should be done with a dedicated sample whenever possible i.e. a sample collected specifically for that test rather than a sample that is used for multiple tests.

We also recommend that the patient or another adult check the labelling of request forms and sample tubes.

Special Instructions

This test potentially carries important implications under Australian immigration law and regulations. There are specific sample collection requirements to ensure that the testing process complies with the legislation and regulations. Samples can be obtained from individuals residing overseas if required. Please contact the laboratory on 1300 663 244 for further information.


Pricing note:

The price will vary according to the specific situation under investigation and the number of individuals being tested. Please contact DNALabs on 1300 663 244 for further information.

Medicare Rebate

This test is not rebated by Medicare. The laboratory assumes that the patient or client has provided informed financial consent for the test.

Turnaround Time

Up to 10 working days.