A 101-year-old Italian man was asked to get his parents to confirm his identity by the Home Office after he applied to stay in the country post-Brexit.
According to the Guardian when a volunteer who helped Palmiero scanned his passport into the EU settled status app to share the biometric data with the Home Office, the system misinterpreted his birth year as 2019 instead of 1919.
EU migrants living in the UK can live and work freely until 31 December 2020 – but they need to apply for “settled status” to stay afterward.
Palmiero came to the UK in 1966 and “worked at a restaurant in Piccadilly and, up until the age of 94, in a fish and chip shop, until 11 o’clock at night”.
He has been married to his 92-year-old wife, Lucia, for 75 years and they have raised four children, and have eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.