After 11 years of struggle, Nigerian living with face tumours gets US stay

by Akan Ido
Victor Sopuruchi Chukwueke, a Nigerian living in the United States of America has been granted approval to legally stay and study in the country.
The legislation which was sponsored by Senator Carl Levin in Michigan, was granted only to Chukwueke by the US House of Representatives and forwarded to the US president, Barack Obama, for a final stamp of approval.
While reacting to the approval, Chukwueke said, “Today is one of the happiest days of my life; the passage of this my private bill is the best Christmas present ever… And it wouldn’t have happened without all your incredible efforts.
Chukwueke, now 26, was taken to the US at age 15 for medical treatment but his visa expired a year later while he was still undergoing painful reconstructive surgeries.
Through the medical and immigration challenges, Chukwueke graduated from Wayne State University and made to proceed to Medical School where his admission was denied due to his immigration status.
He refused to give up and finally got help from Sen. Levin who introduced a private immigration relief bill for him. It is the only private bill passed in two years.
“Now the private bill has been approved, I will be able to move forward with my medical school aspiration,” he enthused.

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