As a premier facility in DNA testing for immigration, our experienced team at Endeavor DNA has heard it all. From commonly asked questions to the biggest misconceptions concerning the immigration process, there is very little that stumps us anymore. However, with so much misinformation circulating, we’d like to take this opportunity to provide accurate information by clarifying some of the most common myths we hear and why they are not valid.
Myth 1: Permanent residency and citizenship are the same
Though they sound similar, these are two entirely different processes in U.S. immigration. Permanent residency allows for an immigrant to live within the United States but does not grant the same rights as citizenship – such as voting. Furthermore, permanent residents must reside in the country the majority of the time, while a citizen does not. In fact, a United States citizen doesn’t have to live in the country at all if they so choose.
Permanent residency can be a pathway to citizenship for those who use it.
Myth 2: Getting a visa into the United States is easy
Many natural-born citizens of the United States believe this misconception, but it is simply not the case. Although the process varies depending on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, where the applicant applies, the rules are strict. With even the smallest of mistakes, the applicant may be prohibited from entering the country. In general, the process takes 3 to 5 weeks to complete.
This timeframe does not include the required DNA testing for immigration purposes. Whether it is an immigrant visa, citizenship, or passport being applied for, DNA testing is required and must be processed by an AABB-accredited laboratory.
Myth 3: Visa applications are created to confuse applicants
Though it is true the visa process can be hard to understand; there are many resources to streamline the process. These resources make the application more straightforward than it would be without. For example, some DNA testing companies offer case management services to ensure the proper collection of samples and tracking of your application.
Myth 4: Having connections to the U.S. Embassy will streamline your petition
One of the best qualities of the United States is that we are an equal-opportunity country. Visas are not determined by your connections, but by your qualifications. Knowing someone in your local Embassy does not guarantee entrance into the United States. However, proper documentation and procedures can.
If DNA testing for immigration visas or other governmental documents is required, it’s imperative to choose an accredited laboratory with proven results. At Endeavor DNA, our team of experts is here to answer any and all of the questions you may have.
For more information, contact us today at (888) 432-3855.