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British protected states

These countries and territories were former British protected states.

You may be eligible for British citizenship

Birth (or descent from a father born) in a former British protected state granted British protected person (BPP) status. Depending on the independence day arrangements and how nationality of the newly independent country was granted, this status could be retained in some cases.

If this status was retained, it was (and is) also possible in some circumstances to upgrade this status to full British nationality in the modern day, or to pass down this status one generation from father to child.

British protected states were:

  • Bahrain
  • Brunei
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Malay States (now part of Malaysia)
  • Maldives
  • North Borneo and Labuan (now part of Malaysia)
  • Qatar
  • Sarawak (now part of Malaysia)
  • Swaziland
  • Tonga
  • United Arab Emirates

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
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Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



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South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

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