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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