90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days Star Paul Staehle Defends His Request for DNA Test

Paul Staehle really outdid himself this time.  On the 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days reunion, he blindsided his pregnant wife Karine Staehle by demanding that she take a DNA test. That was Sunday night. After that pitiful display, and the subsequent fan backlash, it seems Paul is in damage control.

Monday morning, Paul posted a link on his Instagram to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) website.  The USCIS website provides all the information that a person would need to apply for visas, green-cards, and in this case, citizenship for a child born abroad to a U.S. parent.

It states, “in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to a child born abroad, among other requirements, there must be a biological relationship between the child and a U.S. citizen parent or parents.  Genetic testing is a useful tool for verifying a stated biological relationship in the absence of sufficient or other evidence to establish such a relationship.”  OK, makes sense so far.

Continuing on, “however, due to the expense, complexity, and logistical delays inherent in parentage testing, genetic testing generally should only be used in the absence of sufficient other evidence (documentation, photos, etc.) establishing the relationship.”

I’m going to throw in some technical stuff here based on personal experience.  Basically the embassies are swamped with visa applications, and will only flag applications that they find suspicious, or ones that simply don’t provide enough evidence. The burden of proof is on Paul to provide evidence of his paternity, but that could be done with the child’s birth certificate, and documentation proving that he and Karine were living together as husband and wife. Things like an apartment lease with both of their names on it, joint bank accounts, and chronological photos of the couple together for an extended period of time would suffice. He doesn’t need a DNA test unless he was a neurotic, controlling cretin or the consular officer found it necessary.

As USCIS advises, “when genetic testing appears warranted, a U.S. Consular Officer at a U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad may suggest passport or CRBA applicants undergo DNA testing to establish the validity of the relationship(s).  Please note that such testing is entirely voluntary.”

Paul’s explanation falls hopelessly short of its purpose.  All we see is a man at the mercy of his own neurosis and premature anxiety.


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