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June 21, 2013 — Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched a pilot project in India (outside of New Delhi only) on May 17, 2013 to assess using the Panel Physicians network to take DNA samples, when required. Please take note that effective today, this project pilot is now being extended to New Delhi. DNA samples are sometimes used to establish a genetic link between parent and child for citizenship proof applications for children born through surrogacy. Panel Physicians are the same doctors currently authorized to conduct immigration medical examinations for CIC.

After the six-month pilot, 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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