Statement on use of DNA evidence in immigration applications

25 October 2018

Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, made a statement in the House of Commons on DNA evidence used in immigration applications.

DNA evidence is sometimes used in immigration cases to prove family relationships between individuals where other documentation is missing. The use of this evidence is voluntary.

The Home Secretary's statement followed the publication of an internal review into DNA evidence used in these cases, after a number of instances were revealed in which DNA evidence was required, rather than optional.

Javid set out for the House the steps that the Government would take based on the findings of the review.

"I know that the immigration system is operated by many highly committed people, but we must ensure that the structures and processes they use are fit for the ​modern world and fit for the new immigration system that we will be bringing in after we leave the European Union. I will review more broadly our structures and processes to ensure that they deliver a system in a way that is fair and humane."

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