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British Protected Person (or BPP) status is a residual nationality derived from a connection with a former British Territory (most often a former British Protectorate). The most common set of circumstances are:


 - the applicant was born in Uganda before its independence on 9 October 1962; AND

 - neither of their parents were born in Uganda.


 - the applicant was born between 9 October 1962 and 31 December 1974;

 - the applicant's father was born in Uganda before its independence on 9 October 1962; AND

 - neither of the applicant's paternal grandparents were born Uganda.

The Ugandan nationality laws complicated matters as dual nationality was prohibited before 2009. In many instances, a resident in Uganda renounced their British status in favour of Ugandan citizenship. There are circumstances where it is possible to resume British nationality, but this will require specialist advice.

Also, it is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE the BPP status to full British Citizenship, even if another nationality is held, but this would again require specialist advice.


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.