Identity management: Sex designation on IRCC documents and in IRCC systems

For guidance on applications from clients who wish to have a sex designation other than “F” or “M”, see “Unspecified sex “X” (interim measures)”.

This section provides guidance on the establishment of an applicant’s sex designation in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) systems for the following IRCC lines of business: citizenship, permanent residence, temporary residence and refugees. This applies to initial applications with IRCC as well as to applications for replacement documents.

It is important for officers to use the most reliable documentary evidence available when establishing or amending the sex designation of an individual in IRCC systems, while also ensuring the applicant’s identity is recorded as accurately as possible.

The officer processing the request may only change an applicant’s sex designation based on documentary evidence, as outlined below. Additional documents may be requested to support what has already been provided by the applicant.

Note: If the applicant is requesting a change of name at the same time, see “Identity Management: Establishing name records in IRCC systems” for the required documentation.

Managing existing records

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