In a world marked by constant evolution, where conflict, war, and climate change drive forced movements, migration has become a prevalent recourse. In fact, in 2020 over 281 million people identified as international migrants, with Australia considered as one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations’ since the first federal immigration portfolio was created in 1945.
Amidst the dynamic landscape of migration, DNA testing has emerged as a pivotal tool to navigate the complexities associated with the large surge in international migrants. The significance of DNA testing in this process lies in the ability to provide accurate evidence of familial relationships.
From March 2022 to March 2023, Australia’s population grew by 2.2% to 26.5 million, with overseas migration accounting for 81% of the growth – an increase of 103% since last year due to the reopening of international borders.
With the Department of Home Affairs managing the entry of migrants into Australia, undertaking a DNA test to provide reliable evidence of a biological relationship can be requested as part of the visa or citizenship application when documentation, such as birth certificates, are not satisfactory evidence of the claimed relationship.
One of Australia’s leading DNA testing clinics, Identilab, is paving the way to assist migration agents, lawyers, and visa and/or citizen applicants to streamline migrant processes and align with the stringent standards set by the Department of Home Affairs.
Kate Pippia, Forensic Scientist and Founder of Identilab says supportive frameworks are crucial for legal professionals as they work diligently to navigate the intricate and emotionally charged landscape.
“Identilab recognises the important role migration agents and lawyers play in the visa application process. Our services are designed to empower industry professionals with the tools they need to facilitate quick and accurate DNA testing for their clients.”
Due to the implications of the testing, the Department of Home Affairs requires that the DNA tests are legally admissible and undertaken by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory.
Identilab is a NATA-accredited laboratory that provides quick and accurate DNA test results that are accepted by the Department and meet the requirements for testing and sample collection both locally and abroad. The lab has become an indispensable resource for professionals and provides a service that significantly contributes to the success of clients’ visa applications.
“Our collaboration with migration agents and lawyers is driven by a shared commitment to providing reliable, timely, and compliant solutions in times of need. We have extensive experience with liaising with Australian Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, and approved panel physicians for overseas clients to navigate the complexities of immigration,” said Pippia.
Identilab acknowledges the diverse journeys and challenges faced by those seeking a new home and understands the importance of ensuring smooth transitions for individuals and families.
“We work closely with migration agents and lawyers to ensure an efficient and accurate testing process which allows for results to be ready within 5 business days,” stated Pippia.By offering comprehensive DNA testing solutions, Identilab is committed to empowering legal professionals to navigate the intricate landscape of immigration procedures efficiently. As they continue to redefine industry standards, the company aims to raise awareness and shape the future of visa application processes in Australia. Follow the link to learn more about Identilab services and immigration DNA testing.
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