London, July 6 : A Brit school girl has been barred from leaving the country, open a bank account or get a job - because she does not exist, officially.
Jade Jacobs-Brooks, who was born on a family holiday in Spain, has no birth certificate or passport to prove her identity due to registry mix up.
The 16-year-old cannot do anything, which requires proof of age or identity, such as getting married, getting a loan, driving licence or claiming benefits.
When Jade was born in September 1991 near Alicante on the Costa Blanca parents Linda and Victor went to the civil register office.
But, the birth certificate that they got turned out to be a Certificion Negativa, which is a temporary document. Thinking they had followed correct procedures they flew home.
The problem came to light when Jade was denied a Saturday job because she had no ID.
"It's so upsetting feeling like I don't exist in this country. My life is on hold at the moment. I couldn't even go on a day trip to France," The Mirror quoted Jade as saying.
"I have been really angry at times but I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to be allowed to live a normal life," she added.
When Victor tried to register Jade in Harlow, Essex, he was told he needed more hospital documents.
After sending requests, the family got a letter from the Alicante Ministry of Justice saying: "The infant referred to does not appear. There is no mention of her."
The register office wrote: "We can find no entry relating to Jade."