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Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by KOURTNEYK: 9:09pm On Dec 29, 2012
Yes oh this is wonderful news!! Obama granted permanent residency to Victor whose visa has expired!


A Nigerian immigrant's dream came true when President Barack Obama signed into law a rare private bill granting him permanent residency in the Unites States.

Victor Chukwueke, who lives in Michigan on an expired visa, came to the United States 11 years ago to undergo treatment for massive face tumors.

He graduated from a university in the state, and plans to attend an Ohio medical school that requires him to have permanent residency, also known as a green card.

In a rare act, the United States Congress passed a private bill this month granting him permanent residency. Obama signed the bill Friday.

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.

"I was overwhelmed with joy; it was nothing less than a miracle," the 26-year-old says. "Only in this country can so many miraculous and wonderful things happen to someone like me."

Before coming to the United States at age 15, Chukwueke lived in the southeastern Nigeria town of Ovim.

He suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes massive life-threatening tumors on his face.

Treated as an outcast because of his deformed face, he was depressed and humiliated, he says. His family abandoned him at an orphanage after taking him to the nation's best facilities for treatment.

"I went to a large teaching hospital in Nigeria and the doctor touched my face and said there was nothing they could do," he says. " I cried and begged him to do something. I was so tired of the humiliation."

Nuns from the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy rescued him from the orphanage in 2001 and arranged for a Michigan doctor to perform surgery on him.

He considers himself lucky to have developed the tumors.

"Without them, I would not have met the nun, left Nigeria, arrived in the U.S. and had the miracle to attend medical school," he says.

He lives with the nuns in Oak Park, Michigan. They have cared for him since he came to the U.S., where he has undergone seven surgeries, including one that left him blind in the right eye.

Despite the obstacles, he remains committed to getting an education.

He finished his GED -- the equivalent of a high school education -- while undergoing treatment and enrolled at a community college.

A benefactor helped him attend Wayne State University, where he graduated last year with a bachelor's in biochemistry and chemical biology. He had a 3.82 GPA and gave the university's commencement speech.

"Should I call myself a victim, or should I press forward to my dreams?" he asked during the speech amid thunderous applause.

Soon after his graduation, the University of Toledo in Ohio admitted him to medical school. The only hurdle: The program requires him to have permanent residency status.

With Obama's signature, his wish has come true.

"My own personal struggles to receive treatment have motivated and encouraged me to pursue a medical career ... to alleviate the pain and suffering of others," he says. "A medical career will allow me many gratifying years of making a difference in the health and lives of others."

Chukwueke's journey to get legalized has seen many strangers rally to his help.

Inspired by his story, Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, sponsored the bill, S. 285. The measure passed the Senate in the summer and the House this week.

Attorney Thomas K. Ragland took his case pro bono.

"Victor's story is remarkable," says Ragland, who is based in Washington D.C. "Here is this kid who comes from Nigeria, he was taunted and teased for his diseases, and he comes to this country and excels, despite so many surgeries. It is a testament of not letting anything get in the way."

The number of illegal immigrants in the United States was estimated at 11.5 million last year.

Following the signature, the State Department will reduce by one the number of immigrant visas available to Nigerians
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http://naijagal.com/2012/12/29/amazing-obama-signs-bill-granting-nigerian-student-permanent-residency/

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by Yungwizzzy(m): 9:27pm On Dec 29, 2012
I tap from his blessing. Na me go be next!
My 1st, 1st 2 comment!!

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by mama-gee(f): 10:04pm On Dec 29, 2012
Congratulations to him!!!
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by seedord247(m): 10:06pm On Dec 29, 2012
whats breaking about the news?
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by KOURTNEYK: 12:26am On Dec 30, 2012
because it an amazing practically impossible feat
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by Blackteeth(m): 1:48am On Dec 30, 2012
(CNN) - A Nigerian immigrant's dream came true when President Barack Obama signed into law a rare private bill granting him permanent residency in the Unites States.

Victor Chukwueke, who lives in Michigan on an expired visa, came to the United States 11 years ago to undergo treatment for massive face tumors.

He graduated from a university in the state, and plans to attend an Ohio medical school that requires him to have permanent residency, also known as a green card.

In a rare act, the United States Congress passed a private bill this month granting him permanent residency. Obama signed the bill Friday.

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.

"I was overwhelmed with joy; it was nothing less than a miracle," the 26-year-old says. "Only in this country can so many miraculous and wonderful things happen to someone like me."

Before coming to the United States at age 15, Chukwueke lived in the southeastern Nigeria town of Ovim.

He suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes massive life-threatening tumors on his face.

Treated as an outcast because of his deformed face, he was depressed and humiliated, he says. His family abandoned him at an orphanage after taking him to the nation's best facilities for treatment.

"I went to a large teaching hospital in Nigeria and the doctor touched my face and said there was nothing they could do," he says. " I cried and begged him to do something. I was so tired of the humiliation."
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by bigfrancis21(m): 11:15am On Dec 30, 2012
I'm highly touched by this rare act of kindness by President Obama! He is indeed compassionate to the plight of the needy. May God reward him the more.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by martyns303(m): 11:16am On Dec 30, 2012
In the words of Zig Ziglar, if u conceive it, u can achieve it.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by legendsilver(m): 11:19am On Dec 30, 2012
lafs, nice hlp
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by md4real(m): 11:20am On Dec 30, 2012
Following the signature, the State Department will reduce by one the number of immigrant visas available to Nigerians...... Bad business!

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by seedord247(m): 11:20am On Dec 30, 2012
legendsilver: HOPE NOR BE WAY OF MAKING THEM JOIN ILLUMINATE OOO, i dnt trust him atal

12 yrs of wasted education. grin

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by Iaz93: 11:22am On Dec 30, 2012
legendsilver: HOPE NOR BE WAY OF MAKING THEM JOIN ILLUMINATE OOO, i dnt trust him atal
chai! Lawd have mercy on this soul!

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by Born 2be Rich(m): 11:22am On Dec 30, 2012
This is good news especially for the guy....Nigeria leaders should take note...cant wait to hear one good news from naija before 2013.
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by #80million: 11:22am On Dec 30, 2012
*speechless*

good news at last,

Agbalumo is finally out anyway!

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by izenco2005: 11:23am On Dec 30, 2012
9ja for life

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by contactwale: 11:25am On Dec 30, 2012
He considers himself lucky to have developed the tumors.

"Without them, I would not have met the nun, left Nigeria, arrived in the U.S. and had the miracle to attend medical school," he says.

St*pid Opportunist. Imagine how he thinks...

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by chuks49(m): 11:26am On Dec 30, 2012
Who are the Nigerians that taunted him?
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by omodapson(m): 11:27am On Dec 30, 2012
Touching. .. I wish him well.
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by JideTheBlogger(m): 11:28am On Dec 30, 2012
Congrats to him
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by alaoeri: 11:28am On Dec 30, 2012
I thought say na all Nigerian students in US self.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by condralbede(m): 11:29am On Dec 30, 2012
Tnx obama,4 differenciating victor chukwueke 4rm ibrahim,yusuf,mohammed,and bulama..cos dey wil nver hv d same bombing attitude.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by seedord247(m): 11:29am On Dec 30, 2012
contactwale:

St*pid Opportunist. Imagine how he thinks...

I think you are the opportunidt here that doesnt know what to use free internet for.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by fittty(m): 11:32am On Dec 30, 2012
Shame on our leaders! No one wants to be with Nigeria. *smdh*
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by never_say_never(m): 11:32am On Dec 30, 2012
legendsilver: HOPE NOR BE WAY OF MAKING THEM JOIN ILLUMINATE OOO, i dnt trust him atal

Walahi, you need special deliverance. I pray T.B. Joshua considers you.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by kulyie: 11:35am On Dec 30, 2012
Wow,thats great.so good to hear.i just hope nigerians will behave n respect themselves and the men will not take advantage of that and carry their usual stock in trade there (molest,acid pouring and violence) the women (cocaine pushing ,child trafficking , prostitution and other forms of perversion and waywardness)
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by mikeyjackkk: 11:37am On Dec 30, 2012
Obama is really very great person he can do any thing for peoples
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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by ghettodreamz(m): 11:39am On Dec 30, 2012
His case was indeed, a remarkable one, I'm happy for him.

Truly, we can win, if we want.
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by eni mcnite(m): 11:42am On Dec 30, 2012
contactwale:

St*pid Opportunist. Imagine how he thinks...
he's not an opportunist u funny clown!, he has jst used his deformity as a formity for his future, as a breakthrough to success...#Don't hate! grin

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by kulyie: 11:42am On Dec 30, 2012
fittty: Shame on our leaders! No one wants to be with Nigeria. *smdh*
exactly.i mean how many americans,russians,canadians and asians want to be in nigeria except of course to do all kinds of buisnesses,make money and breeze out of nigeria.if nigeria wasnt a fertile ground for buisnesses,do you think the chinese will be trooping into nigeria.thats the only buisness they have with nigerians.they are so objective and unsentimental when it comes to buisness and thats why they also find it easy bringing all kinds of low quality,substandard products into the nigerian market knowing that they will still cart millions of naira to their country anyway

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by yertyr(m): 11:43am On Dec 30, 2012
condralbede: Tnx obama,4 differenciating victor chukwueke 4rm ibrahim,yusuf,mohammed,and bulama..cos dey wil nver hv d same bombing attitude.

are u sure u're well.

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Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by Onyenna(m): 11:45am On Dec 30, 2012
Woooow!!! Congratulations to victor....
Re: Obama Grants Nigerian Student Permanent Residency by kulyie: 11:49am On Dec 30, 2012
eni mcnite: he's not an opportunist u funny clown!, he has jst used his deformity as a formity for his future, as a breakthrough to success...#Don't hate! grin
cheesy cheesy cheesy you funny die no be small

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