DNA test appointment

Last update: 13 May 2022

You want to make an appointment at the IND for a DNA test. You have received a letter from us inviting you for this test. On this page, you can make the appointment and learn more about the DNA test. 

What is a DNA test?

During a DNA test, researchers compare the DNA of family members. Each person has unique characteristics. Our DNA contains these characteristics. Parents pass on part of these unique characteristics to their children. This means that children partially have the same DNA as their parents. During a DNA test, an expert takes a mouth swab from you and compares it with the mouth swabs of your family members. The outcome of the DNA test proves whether you are related to one another.

DNA test in steps and costs

The DNA test is free. These are the steps of the DNA test:

Step 1. At the IND desk in Den Haag, a staff member establishes your identity.
Step 2. With a small cotton swab, a staff member takes some mucus from the inside of your cheek.
Step 3. An expert from the Netherlands Forensic Institute (in Dutch: Nederlands Forensisch Instituut or NFI) examines the collected DNA material. This takes a few weeks.
Step 4. Outcome of the DNA test: you either are or are not related to the person for whom you want to come to the Netherlands for family reunification.

Find out more about the DNA test

See the 'Appendix Application for DNA test in case of family reunification' which is part of the family reunification application form.