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Need advice re: Italian consulate and U.S. green card holders

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Any battle-hardened veterans who dealt with visa issues with the Italian consulate? I'm a US citizen, and my uncle is an Indian citizen and a green card holder who lives in our house when he visits the U.S. for a few months at a time. I am his sponsor, and my uncle needs a tourist visa for an upcoming family summer holiday to Italy, which I will be paying all expenses for. All of his paperwork is correct for the visa application, but the Italian consulate is saying they require very specific proof that he is dependent on me. Namely, they say that without my uncle being listed on my tax returns, I cannot claim his dependency on me (even though he spends half the year in America at my residence and all expenses are handled by me); they also say that the only proof of address they will accept are utility bills to my address in my grandfather's name, which is again not practical.

Proving this dependency and address seems excessive! They refuse affidavits, notarized documents, and anything else. Shouldn't the green card address be enough? And what other proof of dependency will the Italian embassy accept for a green card holder?

The issue is just proving dependency on the sponsor and the address; everything else in the visa application is fine.

This is a very weird situation, if anyone has had to deal with a similar difficulty with the Italian consulate and was able to get around it, could you let me know what kind of documents they accepted from you? Thanks everyone!

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