February 20, 2014 — A pilot project to collect and assess DNA samples in India, that was originally scheduled to end in November 2013, has been extended to run until March 31, 2014.
Through this pilot project, the Panel Physicians network is authorized to take and assess DNA samples. The samples are used when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) needs to establish a genetic link between parent and child for citizenship proof applications for children born through surrogacy. Panel Physicians, formerly known as designated medical practitioners, are the same doctors currently authorized to conduct immigration medical examinations for CIC in Canada and abroad.
CIC will assess the feasibility of using Panel Physicians to do DNA testing for citizenship proof applications for persons born in other countries.
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