In a progressive move, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy update on March 31, 2023, regarding self-identified gender markers on forms and documents. This change reflects an evolving understanding and respect for gender identity in immigration processes.
New Flexibility in Gender Marker Selection
Under the updated policy, individuals applying for immigration benefits are no longer required to match the gender marker on their forms with the gender indicated in their supporting documents. This significant change enhances inclusivity and recognizes the diverse gender identities of applicants. However, applicants submitting Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, will still need to provide proof of their gender identity.
Inclusion of a Third Gender Marker
In alignment with these changes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is actively working to include an additional gender marker option, labeled “X,” for individuals who identify with another or unspecified gender. Once implemented, this option will provide further inclusivity and recognition for diverse gender identities.
Upcoming USCIS Form Updates
USCIS is set to update its forms and Policy Manual to incorporate these changes. The inclusion of the ‘X’ gender marker will mark a significant step forward in acknowledging and respecting the spectrum of gender identities in the immigration process.
This policy update by USCIS is a commendable move towards greater inclusivity and recognition of diverse gender identities in the U.S. immigration system. It demonstrates a commitment to evolving with societal changes and respecting the personal identities of all applicants.
Read the full USCIS Policy Update Here
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