I'm applying for an visa in India and got this question in their online registration form with a yes/no answer:

Have you lived for at least two years in the country where you are applying visa?

Does it mean the country from which I'm applying or the country where I'm applying to (i.e.: India)? It sounds weird they would say country instead of simply India if they are asking if I lived in India.

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    Your quote is grammatically incorrect. Could you edit it to show the exact words given in the application form?
    – user16259
    Mar 9, 2018 at 6:15
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    @user16259 That's the exact quote and the reason for the question. I was sent here from the English Language Learners StackExchange.
    – solarc
    Mar 9, 2018 at 15:04

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From the context I believe they are talking about the country from which you are making the application.

My assumption is that if you were, say, a Columbian citizen who has been living in France for the last 1 year and applying via the Indian Embassy in Paris, you may be asked for additional information or documents that someone (of any nationality) who has lived in France for the last 3 years would not be asked for.

Further, if you had been living in India for the last 2 years you would perhaps be applying for a new residence permit rather than a visa.

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    In the end I chose to interpret it like this.
    – solarc
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:18

for me, i didn't meet the question anywhere in the application form, but it was there when i had finished filling in, already answered ...with a yes....so am assuming they meant from the country where you are applying from.

  • Hi, ultimately I got the visa approved so I think yes, that's what they meant.
    – solarc
    Mar 1, 2019 at 17:00

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