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USCIS Offers Third Gender Option for Naturalization

In March of 2023, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its policy to allow for self-selection of gender on all USCIS forms without any supporting documentation. In a move towards greater inclusivity, USCIS has recently announced the inclusion of a third gender option on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (applying for U.S. citizenship). This progressive step acknowledges the existence of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals within the immigrant community, providing them with a more accurate gender identity representation in official documents.


With this update, individuals applying for naturalization will now have the option to select "X" to indicate a gender other than male or female. This aligns with ongoing efforts across various sectors to promote equality and acceptance for individuals of all gender identities. The update is also consistent with federal and state agencies that offer a third gender option, like the Department of State’s adoption of gender option “X” in passport services. 


USCIS aims to update all other forms to include the gender X option, but the new April 1, 2024 edition of Form N-400 the first. It is important to note that no supporting documentation is required to select gender X on Form N-400. Applicants who have a pending naturalization application using an earlier version of the Form N-400 may also request to update their gender as of April 1, 2024. 


As an LGBTQ-owned firm deeply committed to diversity and inclusivity, Blaker and Granet LLP is proud to see advancements like the inclusion of a third gender option on the new Form N-400 by USCIS. We look forward to seeing the other USCIS forms get this important update as well. We understand the importance of representation and respect for diverse identities in both the legal field and society at large. 


Should you have any questions regarding naturalization or other inbound U.S. immigration matters, please do not hesitate to contact Blaker and Granet LLP


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