DNA Testing Information

General Information on DNA Testing and U.S. Citizenship

In order to transmit U.S. citizenship to a child born abroad, among other requirements, there must be a biological relationship between the child and a U.S. citizen parent or parents.  Genetic testing is a useful tool for verifying a stated biological relationship in the absence of sufficient other evidence to establish such relationship. Commonly tested relationships that may be used to establish paternity and/or maternity in citizenship claims arising from birth abroad to a U.S. citizen father or mother include father-child, mother-child, child and full brother or sister, child and half brother or sister, and avuncular relationships (child and paternal aunt/uncle/grandparent). DNA testing is the only biological testing method currently accepted by the Department to establish a biological relationship. However, due to the expense, complexity, and logistical delays inherent in parentage testing, genetic testing generally should be used only in the absence of sufficient other evidence (documentation, photos, etc.) establishing the relationship.  For more information on the DNA Process, please visit the Department of State Website.

DNA Testing Process in Nairobi, Kenya

  1. DNA test recommended by officer at time of interview.
  2. DNA lab selected by petitioner on AABB web page http://www.aabb.org (costs paid by U.S petitioner/parent).  Lab does not have to be near your home. The lab will send kits to a qualified testing center.
  3. DNA lab sends kit to Consular Nairobi.
  4. Applicant will be scheduled an appointment for sample collection and informed of this via email from NairobiDNA@state.gov
  5. Once applicant receives appointment letter, applicant must then go to IOM office in Gigiri, Nairobi and pay the specimen collection fee (see below) before the DNA appointment day.
  6. On the appointment day, applicant will provide the following items to the Embassy representative: 2 recent passport size photos (2″ x 2″), official photo I.D., a copy of appointment letter and a receipt showing IOM has been paid. Applicants who do not bring all these documents will not be allowed to test.
  7. DNA sample collected on appointment date and sent to the DNA lab for testing.
  8. DNA lab finalizes test and sends results to the consular section.
  9. The Immigration Visa or American Citizen Services section contact the applicants by email/phone and informs them when to return to the embassy.

For more information view the DNA Flow Chart (PDF 243 KB)

Payment of Specimen Collection Fee at IOM

Each applicant being tested is required to pay a specimen collection fee of USD $45.00 per person or the equivalent of USD $40.00 in Kenyan shillings (no Bank fees are charged if payment is made in KSH) at IOM United Nations Crescent off UN Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi.

  • Payments MUST be made BEFORE the scheduled appointment date to avoid unnecessary delays.
  • Payment for DNA testing is done at IOM Clinic at 78 United Nations Crescent off UN Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi.
    • Contact Information:  254-020-272-0060 Extension 124 OR   254-020-272-0061 Extension 224 OR 254-020-272-3605 OR   0722-879-680   OR   0734-444-020   OR   0724-256-748
    • DNA Testing will not be performed at the U.S. Embassy if the testing fee is not paid prior to your scheduled appointment.
    • Please retain your payment receipt as the DNA Technician must see it on the day of your appointment.