6 Apr, 2012 @ 14:27
1 min read

Born again in Spain

SHE was the victim of an epic bureaucratic mix-up between the UK and Spain that meant she did not officially exist.

But after a battle spanning two decades Jade Jacobs-Brooks from Essex has finally been given an identity.

The problem occurred when the 20-year-old was born in Orihuela, in Alicante, while her parents Linda and Victor were on holiday.

The hospital issued the family with temporary paperwork so they could return to the UK.

But once there, British officials insisted the documents were invalid and that without a birth certificate they were unable to recognise the child.

To make matters worse, when her father returned to Orihuela years later the hospital could find no trace of her birth, leaving Jade in legal limbo.

With no form of identification she has been unable to get a passport, driving license, vote or even go to bars.

“It’s been incredibly frustrating,” she said. “When I turned 18, everyone was going to bars and clubs but I couldn’t go because I didn’t have any identification.”

In a bid to be recognised Jade wrote to the government, local MPs and even the Queen.

But it was not until lawyers Allen and Overy accepted the case and spent three years investigating that Jade was finally recognised.

This week the Alicante authorities finally admitted the error and issued her a birth certificate.

“I just want to get on with my life,” said Jade, who is now looking forward to her first holiday abroad… but not in Spain!

Eloise Horsfield

DO YOU HAVE NEWS FOR US at Spain’s most popular English newspaper - the Olive Press? Contact us now via email: [email protected] or call 951 273 575

2 Comments

  1. No country alllows people to be stateless. If you have no nationality, you can acquire Spanish citizenship in just one year as opposed to the normal ten years. I know that for a fact because my son was in a situation similar to Jade’s, only he was born at home I Spain, of a Canadian father and an American mother. The UK has similar laws in place. You can find out about at “www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk”.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Story

Cushy deal for wrongdoers in Spain

Next Story

Imogen looking ‘wheely’ fit in Marbella

Latest from National News

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press

Horror in Alicante: Headless torso is found torched and dumped next to a suitcase

Horror in Alicante: Headless torso is found torched and dumped next to a suitcase

A JOGGER in an Alicante district stumbled upon a headless
3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Punta Prima with pool - € 365

3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Punta Prima with pool – € 365,500

Apartment Punta Prima, Alicante   3 beds   2 baths