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Because of how the Constitution of Kenya determined how Citizenship was granted, Kenyans with parents or grandparents born OUTSIDE of Kenya (or even the different constituent parts of Kenya before Independence) have a possibility of being granted one of the five forms of British Nationality. This is because of the protection offered to British Subjects born or resident in Kenya before Independence.

In particular, and because of the large numbers involved, Kenyans with Indian ancestry (parents or grandparents born in India) have a higher likelihood of being granted automatic British Nationality. In particular, many such Kenyans can become British Overseas Citizens (also known as BOC's).


Prior to 22.07.1920, the area now known as Kenya was called the East Africa Protectorate, in which the Crown held extra-territorial jurisdiction. From 1920, the Protectorate was split into two, a Colony and a Protectorate.  Kenya gained independence from the UK on 12.12.1963, at which point it was an independent Commonwealth country.


From 23.07.1920 until 31.12.1948, the Kenya Colony fell within the Crown’s Dominions. From 01.01.1949 until 11.12.1963, the colony formed part of the UK and Colonies. As a general rule, any person born in the Kenya Colony between 01.01.1949 and 11.12.1963 was a Citizen of the UK & Colonies.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.


From 1921 to 30.04.1925 (Jubaland, Kismayu and Port Durnford) and from 1921 to 11.12.1963 (Mainland Strip, Lamu and Patta), the area was a British Protectorate in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction. As a general rule, any person born in the Kenya Protectorate between 1921 and 11.12.1963 was a British Protected Person.

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).



Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.

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