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There is anomaly in Brunei Nationality law as it relates to the British Protected Persons (or BPPs). If the applicant or the father was not one of the seven indigenous tribes of Brunei, then the applicant could claim British Protected Person (or BPP) status and - in some cases - upgrade this to full British Nationality. The applicable tribes of Brunei are Belait, Bisayah, Brunei, Dusun, Kedayan, Murut and Tutong.

As a general rule, this would apply in the following two situations:


 - applicant born in Brunei before independence on 1 January 1962; AND

 - neither parents was born in Brunei.


 - applicant born between 1 January 1962 and 31 December 1982;

 - the father was born in Brunei before independence; AND

 - the father's parents were born outside of Brunei.

Neither parent nor the applicant must have suffered from the Automatic Loss of British nationality provisions that were enacted upon independence, so each application must be looked at on a case-by-case basis.


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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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