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We're travelling as a group, currently we are all EU citizens with no other nationality/passports issued by other countries.

Though there's a bit of confusion relating to questions asking about the past:

  • Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by any other country?
  • Have you ever been a citizen or national of any other country?

So far, for our group of travellers, for the above two questions all of the below apply:

  • Prev. Citizenship: Stateless
  • Prev. Passport: Alien
  • Prev. "national identity card": Residence permit card (for Stateless national, valid for travel within Schengen Area)
  • Prev. Citizenship: Soviet Union
  • Prev. "national identity card": Soviet Union (internal passport - valid for travel only within the union)
  • Prev. Passport: Soviet Union (ordinary/foreign passport - valid for travel to other countries outside the union)
  • Prev. Passport: Soviet Union (civil service passport - valid for travel to other countries outside the union)

But I'm confused as to these are not exactly being present in the dropdown options that the ESTA application provides. And for the passport question, not sure if we're expected to insert a new "row" for each passport that we had issued by the other country? In the above case with the Soviet Union, you could in theory insert at least 3 "rows" for each type of passport and are we expected to add the renewed ones as well? Too confused with this. :(

  • What is in the dropdown options? – Michael Hampton Mar 10 at 14:54
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    @MichaelHampton for previous citizenships it shows "Country of Citizenship / Nationality" with the following answers pastebin.com/FA9WGb7f – kiradotee Mar 10 at 15:05
  • @MichaelHampton For previous passports issued by other countries it asks "Issuing Country", "Document Type", "Document Number", "Expiration Year". Issuing country has a list of countries like in the link above, for document type it's either "Passport Number" or "National Identity Card Number", for the other two it says I'm allowed to type in UNKNOWN if I don't remember the document number and the expiration year. – kiradotee Mar 10 at 15:05
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    Those dropdown options on pastebin are strange. They have, for example, both Yemen and Democratic Yemen, Zaire and DRC, Burma and Myanmar, but as you point out, they don't have USSR. – krubo Apr 10 at 13:33
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Prev. Citizenship: Stateless

Stateless is not a citizenship. It is a lack of citizenship.

Prev. Passport: Alien

An alien's passport is probably not a passport within the meaning of this question, but you can certainly list it if you want, provided that it is possible to list it without implying that you were a national of the issuing country.

Prev. "national identity card": Residence permit card (for Stateless national, valid for travel within Schengen Area)

A residence permit is not a national identity card. A national identity card is a card issued to a country's own nationals, while a residence permit is issued to foreigners.

Prev. Citizenship: Soviet Union

Prev. "national identity card": Soviet Union (internal passport - valid for travel only within the union)

Prev. Passport: Soviet Union (ordinary/foreign passport - valid for travel to other countries outside the union)

Prev. Passport: Soviet Union (civil service passport - valid for travel to other countries outside the union)

There should be no problem with these unless it isn't possible to list Soviet Union. If that is the case, you should ask the helpdesk how to respond to the question.

And for the passport question, not sure if we're expected to insert a new "row" for each passport that we had issued by the other country?

In general, it's better to err on the side of offering too much information rather than too little. I would be inclined to add a row for the most recent of each class of document. I would not add a separate row for each renewal.

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    The OP provided a pastebin link to the list of available countries for the 'previous citizenship' question in a comment. Several countries which previously existed are simply not available -- USSR, Yugoslavia, East/West Germany, North/South Yemen, etc. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Mar 11 at 2:36
  • This is truly weird because when I renewed my NEXUS card in 2018 they asked which countries you visited in the last five years and that list of countries definitely included the Soviet Union and East Germany! – chx Apr 10 at 6:35

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