(Image Source: victorshope.org)


BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

In one of the more heartwarming stories of 2012, President Obama signed a bill that will allow a 26-year old Nigerian immigrant to realize his dream of becoming a surgeon.

This is Victor Chukwueke, a 2011 graduate of Wayne State University in Michigan with degrees in biochemistry and chemical biology.

He graduated with a 3.82 GPA and was his class’s commencement speaker.

Victor initially came to the United States 11 years ago to get treatment for massive face tumors caused by neurofibromatosis. Those treatments and subsequent surgeries left him with only one eye and disfigured his face.

Victor was recently accepted into the University of Toledo’s medical school, one of the first steps to his goal of becoming a surgeon. But there was one caveat: he needed to become a legal U.S. resident. Michigan Radio has the details.

Victor’s visa expired 10 years ago, and he’s been living here illegally ever since. His advocates, including Detroit businessmen and Wayne State University, worked with Michigan Senator Carl Levin for more than a year. Their goal: get a bill passed that allows Victor – and Victor alone – to get a green card.”

As CNN points out, “Private bills -- which only apply to one person and mostly focus on immigration -- are rarely approved. His is the only one to pass in Congress in two years.”

Sources report Victor’s bill is the only one of 83 proposed bills approved this year.

 

Inspirational Nigerian Student Granted Legal U.S. Residency

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Dec 29, 2012

Inspirational Nigerian Student Granted Legal U.S. Residency

(Image Source: victorshope.org)


BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

In one of the more heartwarming stories of 2012, President Obama signed a bill that will allow a 26-year old Nigerian immigrant to realize his dream of becoming a surgeon.

This is Victor Chukwueke, a 2011 graduate of Wayne State University in Michigan with degrees in biochemistry and chemical biology.

He graduated with a 3.82 GPA and was his class’s commencement speaker.

Victor initially came to the United States 11 years ago to get treatment for massive face tumors caused by neurofibromatosis. Those treatments and subsequent surgeries left him with only one eye and disfigured his face.

Victor was recently accepted into the University of Toledo’s medical school, one of the first steps to his goal of becoming a surgeon. But there was one caveat: he needed to become a legal U.S. resident. Michigan Radio has the details.

Victor’s visa expired 10 years ago, and he’s been living here illegally ever since. His advocates, including Detroit businessmen and Wayne State University, worked with Michigan Senator Carl Levin for more than a year. Their goal: get a bill passed that allows Victor – and Victor alone – to get a green card.”

As CNN points out, “Private bills -- which only apply to one person and mostly focus on immigration -- are rarely approved. His is the only one to pass in Congress in two years.”

Sources report Victor’s bill is the only one of 83 proposed bills approved this year.

 

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