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.
This BPP status was normally converted into a British Overseas Citizen (or BOC) upon independence. It is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE this status to full British Citizenship.