United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Protected Person (BPP) - Tanganyika by Descent
The status of British protected person (BPP) is a status held by certain persons under the British Nationality Act 1981. It is not traditionally considered a form of British nationality. As British Protected Persons are not Commonwealth citizens in British nationality law, they do not have full civil rights in the United Kingdom. However, BPPs, like Commonwealth citizens and Irish citizens, are not considered aliens in the United Kingdom, and it has been submitted that as they are not stateless, they must have some kind of nationality, and that nationality must by necessity be a form of British nationality.
This particular claim to BPP status results from a family link to pre-Independence Tanganyika and arises from the following:
- Candidate born before 16 August 1978;
- Candidate not born in pre-Independence Tanganyika;
- Father born in Tanganyika before Independence on 8 December 1961;
- Father did not get Tanzanian nationality upon independence; AND
- Neither of the paternal grandparents were born in Tanganyika.
It is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE a BPP to full British Citizenship. This is possible even if another nationality is held.