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British protected person (BPP) passport

As a general rule, the British protected person status is granted where an applicant or their father was born in a former British protectorate or protected state and was not granted nationality of that territory on independence.

The British protected person (BPP) status arose as a result of the independence day arrangements of former British territories (mainly former British colonies) or British protected state and, in some cases, could be retained upon independence.

Those eligible to apply for a British passport describing themselves as a BPP may gain advantages in applying for visas for other countries and are entitled to the protection of the British government in times of need overseas.

This status could been passed down the male line only (i.e. from fathers only) to children in certain circumstances before 16 August 1978. It is possible, in some circumstances, to upgrade a BPP to full British citizenship. This is sometimes possible even if another nationality is held. This is a complex area of British nationality law and requires specialist advice.

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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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