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Passport Question CRBA DNA test

Discussion in 'Passports and Visas' started by freebuule, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. freebuule

    freebuule DI New Member

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    Hi, I'm a US citizen and recently went to the Embassy for CRBA interview, we had all documents in order. Kid is a lot darker than me and there is a good chance is not my biological kid- but I was there for prenatal care, I was there in delivery holding his mother's hand while she gave birth, I love them both very much, I have documents from both hospital and government listing me as the father. Anyway the interview was going great, they told us to wait outside, then called us back in, where another person told me "For babies born out of wedlock, we recommend DNA testing", and handed me back all of our documents and instructions on getting the DNA test, which explained this test is voluntary.
    My question- I don't want to waste time and money on a test which has a good chance of being a fail. I understand the US Embassy cannot force me to go for the test, but will that be an automatic CRBA denial? Or are they just 'recommending' it as a courtesy to me? Obviously I don't want to call the Embassy about this.
    Lack of CRBA won't be a complete trainsmash as I understand the kid can come on his mother's i129 fiancee visa, but it would be simpler and easier for many reasons if he can just get a CRBA.
    Any help or advice would be appreciated.
     
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    TheDude DI Forum Patron Highly Rated Poster

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    I think you have answered your own question. You have the fallback option of the fiancee visa.

    Otherwise the best you can do is consult a lawyer. You're going to need someone who can understand and work the process. Forum advice won't help you work around the gatekeepers.
     
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    A lot darker? Hair is Black? Why not try adopting? Many unmarried American men and the children do not go thru DNA testing. I am told they look for light skin and hair that isn’t black. If the father is White.
     
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    We were Married and my child is fair hair and light skin but still had to get DNA.. they will deny otherwise... Better to go adoption as test is 550 USD and another trip to Embassy
     
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    freebuule DI New Member

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    Thanks Dude, I agree plan B is probably my best option, especially after my 3rd world lawyer gave false promises but no results on other issues. Mostly I am curious if anyone knows if refusing to get the 'recommended voluntary DNA test' will destroy any chance of a CRBA?

    Thanks Friend, Yes I am a white man and this wonderful kid I love so much is... darker. Adoption process where I live is an absolute nightmare, so a CRBA/Passport would be so much easier to help bring my family home. Just wondering if the 'voluntary DNA test' is an absolute requirement for a CRBA.

    To expand a little:
    Thanks Dan, I hate to hear bad news but thanks for breaking it to me honest. I would rather not waste more time and more money on a test that has a high chance of failing and causing problems in our family. I was hoping that the words 'recommended' and 'voluntary' meant just that...I129 it is, and Mama needs that anyway. Cheers and thanks for reply.

    Thanks Friend, I believe father is the one raising the child, but I guess the person at the embassy has the final say? We will carry on with I129. No point in spending time and money on a test with unsure results.
     
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  6. redhorse

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    Probably!

    But I think they are actually doing you a favor/courtesy. If the application has not been officially submitted/received, nothing has been denied, and you have been caught in no misstatements, which could possibly jeopardize your fiance's status.

    And looking at the long term family picture, it might be better that the possibility that you are the father still exists, even if slim, rather than being irrevocably disproved.

    Assuming that all goes well and you and your fiance get and stay married in the States, she would be eligible to apply for US citizenship in as little as three years, and the baby would acquire it automatically at that time. Or, as mentioned, you could pursue adoption.
     
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    be advised if your name is on the birth certificate the embassy will likely reqwuire you to amend it, another can of worms. ask larry at pinayvisa@yahoo.com, he lives here in duma, and has been helpng with US visas for many years..
     
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    freebuule DI New Member

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    Thanks Redhorse, you are right. I just want to take my family home. Paperwork and bureaucracy are my two least favorite things in the world, so I appreciate everyone's advice on this situation.
     
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    Thanks Outcast for the heads up on that one, will contact Larry. Paperwork is the tool of the devil sent to make men go insane!
     
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