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USCIS Updates Policy on Gender Marker on Forms

On March 31, 2023 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its policy on gender marker on forms and documents. Now USCIS will accept the self-identified gender marker for individuals requesting immigration benefits. Now the gender marker they select does not need to match the gender marker indicated on their supporting documents.

Individuals requesting benefits do not need to submit proof of their gender identity when submitting a request to change their gender marker, except for the form N-565 application for replacement naturalization/citizenship document.

Currently, the only gender markers available are Male (M) or Female (F). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on options to include an additional gender marker (“X”) for another or unspecified gender identity. USCIS will update its forms and the Policy Manual accordingly once done.

This update is also intended to reduce barriers to travel, employment, services, and benefits by eliminating delays and preventing discrimination and harassment due to inconsistent identity documents.

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