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Family reunification / naturalization

Do you have questions about DNA tests for family reunification or naturalization? We will be happy to help you with the answer:

Family reunification:

Our laboratory can look back on more than 15 years of experience in DNA testing in the context of family reunification or visa matters. There is close cooperation here between numerous embassies and the Federal Foreign Office, particularly with regard to the dispatch and transmission of sample and specimen collection kits. Simply enter your details in the form below and we will send you everything you need free of charge and without obligation.

Our DNA laboratory requires the following information:

  • File number of the case at the responsible German embassy (or reference number of the IOM)
  • which message it is
  • Name, (address), Tel. of persons abroad
  • Name and address of the persons in Germany
  • Client


Sometimes a DNA test is required in the naturalization process (to acquire German citizenship). For example, close family members whose identity has been established beyond doubt should affirm the identity of the person concerned on oath. Foreigners authorities, regional councils, ADD or BAMF often require such proof. In these cases, we offer a relationship test – you can find more information on this under:(link to relationship tests)

Order a free DNA test kit for family reunification

Please contact us on 06131-720620 or at, we will be happy to advise you on your individual questions.

Shipping to:

Our DNA laboratory requires the following information:
– File number of the case at the embassy
– which embassy it is, i.e. the person in charge if possible
– If possible name, address, phone number of persons abroad
– Name and address of the persons in Germany
– Client

Cost example

2 persons, one of them in Accra/Ghana, analysis € 234, logistics costs per test included. Collection in the laboratory 124 €; the costs depend on the number of persons and the country of origin. Ask for an individual offer!

Special country information

(As of April 2023, please ask for current information)


The IOM has been organizing DNA tests for the embassy in Kenya-Nairobi since mid-2019. Cotton swabs and forms are sent directly from the laboratory to the IOM by DHL Express. For this purpose, our laboratory requires the reference numbers, names and passport numbers of the test subjects.

Addis Ababa

When the IOM in Ethiopia processes the case, cotton swabs and forms must be sent directly to the IOM/MHAC via DHL Express. There are extra costs for this.

If the embassy is processing the case, the cotton swabs and forms can be sent to the embassy in Addis Ababa free of charge via the Federal Foreign Office. Alternatively, faster shipping via DHL Express directly to the embassy is possible, for which there are extra costs.


Please let us know whether the test person lives in a camp or directly in Athens and by whom the test person is supervised. The shipping route for cotton buds and forms and the costs involved can then be clarified.


Until 2021, samples were taken by the German Medical Center in Kabul. Since 2022, cases relating to Afghanistan have been handled either by the German Embassy in Islamabad / Pakistan or by the German Embassy in Tehran. Please let us know which of the embassies is handling your case.


Please let us know which consulate/embassy is handling the case, we need the file number of the case.


Samples can be taken directly in Erbil.


We will be happy to organize the collection in the USA for you. We need the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of the test person(s). Additional costs for the organization 200 €.


Please let us know whether the Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul is responsible for the case.

Togo, Senegal, Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda

As a rule, cotton swabs and forms are sent to the embassy free of charge via the Federal Foreign Office. Alternatively, faster shipping via DHL Express directly to the embassy is possible, for which there are extra costs.

For cases managed by the BAMF, samples can be taken at the BAMF in Istanbul. Please ask there.


1. you order the collection kit by telephone or online; you can also make an appointment for collection directly in the laboratory. We would therefore ask you to get in touch with us.

2. you carry out the sampling together with a neutral witness. The following are possible witnesses: all doctors, midwives, pharmacists, youth welfare office, family support, experts, the laboratory, etc. Ask about this. Simply contact the laboratory to find out who can be a witness, we will be happy to help you.

3 . please bring your ID and, in the case of children, the birth certificate or a copy of it with you to the collection. This data is entered, for example, by the doctor on the form for proof of identity and copies of ID and birth certificate (for the child) are attached.

4 . the declaration of consent is signed by all adult test subjects; in the case of underage children, the signature of all legal guardians is required.

5. the samples are taken in the form of an oral swab, the swabs are included in the test kit. The test kit contains sachets with 2 DNA-free cotton swabs each.

6. the return is made by the witness, e.g. the doctor, the pharmacy or an authority.


For people abroad:

Galantos Genetics will send a sample collection kit with all the necessary forms and cotton swabs to the German Embassy free of charge via the Federal Foreign Office. Payment will only be made once the samples have been returned by the embassy.

Documentation of the person in Germany

The second part of the test set is sent to the test person(s) in Germany. This person goes to the doctor or comes to our laboratory and has the sample collection documented there. This is documented by means of a photograph, fingerprint and copy of ID.

After receipt of the sample, the laboratory begins the analysis :

The results will be sent to the addresses specified by the client in the order form. The result can also be sent to the authority or embassy by post, fax or e-mail.

Frequently asked questions about the family reunification test

Do you also carry out DNA tests as part of family reunification procedures?

Yes, our laboratory has many years of experience in carrying out DNA tests for family reunification. We work together with the agencies involved (embassies, consulates, IOM) to organize the collection of samples abroad.
You will find a summary of the most important information in the form of a checklist on our homepage or we will be happy to send it to you.

How does the FNZ family reunification process work using a DNA test?

As a rule, we send a test kit with cotton swabs to the respective embassy and a second kit to the person(s) in Germany. When shipping to the IOM in countries such as Kenya or Ethiopia, the test kit sometimes has to be transported by courier.

What does the laboratory need from the embassy or the IOM?

– We need to know who is handling the case, i.e. embassy, IOM or consulate
– and in which country?
– File number of the case at the embassy/IOM/consulate
– Name, address, tel. of persons abroad
– Name and address of the persons in Germany
– Client

How are the cotton buds sent to the embassy?

As a rule, they are sent via the Federal Foreign Office. In exceptional cases, shipment can also be made directly to the embassy, e.g. by DHL Express. This is then associated with additional costs.

Are all costs included in the price?

Costs relating to documentation with a doctor or authority in Germany
shall be borne by the client. Costs for sample collection abroad
only by the witness (doctor/embassy/authority) to Galantos Genetics.
Return shipping and customs costs are not included in the price.

Mother and child live in another city, can I still do a paternity test?

YES, just give us 2 addresses and we will send it to the father and to the address of the mother and child.

What do I do if people live abroad for the paternity test?

Simply give us 2 addresses and we will send the test set to the address abroad. The person(s) living there go to the doctor, who then sends the samples to our laboratory. The samples do not break on the way to Germany.

What do I need to consider when providing proof of naturalization?

A genetic relationship to a person who holds a recognized passport must be proven. As a rule, this is proof of kinship to an uncle, brother, sister or aunt, e.g. in Norway, Sweden or England. The related person must have a European passport, for example. The regional council can then approve naturalization after the DNA proof of relationship.

Do you have any further questions?

Can’t find an answer to your question? No problem!
We will be happy to help you personally with your question. Please use the following button to access our contact form. Here you will find information on the various contact options. We look forward to seeing you!

Yours, Martin J. Schatzl.

Answers to legal questions Questions can be found here:

Do you still have questions about family reunification or naturalization?
-Who can apply for family reunification? Requirements, deadlines, status, what documents are needed, what rights do you have? Here you will find answers to your questions.