I have been asked the question below by the US Immigration Office.

Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by another country of IRELAND or ISRAEL

I completely understand the question until and including the word country. But what does the constraint following mean? Are they only interested in Ireland and Israel? Or is it the other way round? Or something else?

Also, is the question grammatically correct? If so, is it advanced English grammar or am I missing the basics?

closed as off-topic by Kristina Lopez, Phil Sweet, user240918, oerkelens, Mari-Lou A Jan 5 '18 at 0:23

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    The question does not seem to be grammatical. I don't see a useful way of parsing it. The question Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by another country? appears literally on the ESTA application form, but without the strange additions. Can you be more specific about the source of this longer version? – oerkelens Dec 17 '17 at 11:54
  • travel.stackexchange.com/questions/71102/… I think Israel and Ireland are both countries that begin with the letter I, you probably mispelled your country of origin or birthplace, and the computer/spellchecker is trying to guess which nation it was. – Mari-Lou A Dec 17 '17 at 13:40
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    @Mari-Lou, what you say makes a lot of sense, I think that explains. Ireland and Israel are neighbours in the combo box and I may have had a fat finger. – Patrick Fromberg Dec 17 '17 at 14:52
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this not about the English language but about a generated form. The typical rules of grammar do not apply. – Skooba Dec 18 '17 at 14:55
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    The typical rules of grammar do not apply to official letters? Are you sure? If so what are the grammar rules for official letters then? – Patrick Fromberg Dec 18 '17 at 17:19