EU migrants who have lived for five years or more in the UK would be given the right to remain in the country after Britain exits the European Union in March 2019.
Prime Minister, Theresa May stated this during the EU summit in Brussels.
May also proposed that they would be able to access health, education and other benefits presently offered in the country but it all depends on other EU states reciprocating the gesture and guaranteeing Britons living there the same rights.
The prime minister said she did not want anyone to have to leave or families to split up adding it was a “fair and serious offer”.
In addition, EU citizens who have been in the UK for less than five years would be given a right to stay, until they reach the five-year threshold in order to claim a settled status.
And those who arrive after a specific deadline date will be given about two years grace to regularise their immigration status.
May said her government wanted to protect the rights of EU citizens in the country, and UK citizens living across Europe.
However, her proposal has been met with criticisms from opposition parties back home especially from the Liberal Democrats and Labour who argued there were still many uncertainties around the proposal.
But EU Leaders have welcomed the proposal, calling it a good and promising start.
There are about three million EU Nationals residing in the UK and about 1.2 million British Nationals living in other parts of Europe.