United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Protected Person (BPP) - Nyasaland
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The status of British protected person (BPP) is normally a status gained by birth (or descent from a father) born in a former British Protectorate or Protected State. A person can potentially maintain their BPP status where:
- they were born in Nyasaland (a British Protectorate up until its independence on 06.07.1964); AND
- neither of their parents were born in Nyasaland.
It is also possible to gain this status by descent from one's father. This could occur where:
- they were born outside of Nyasaland or Malawi;
- their father was born in Nyasaland; AND
- their paternal grandparents were not born in Nyasaland.
Normally, the BPP status is lost if another nationality is taken on. However, if it is retained, then it is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE a BPP to full British Citizenship.