Rapper Shyne has been deported from the United States since October of 2009. It was at that time that the former Bad Boy Records sensation was released from Woodbourne Correctional Facility after eight-plus years served for two counts of assault, gun possession and other charges. The conviction stemmed from a 1999 New York City nightclub shooting where Shyne was with Bad Boy CEO Diddy and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez.

Since late 2009, Shyne has been living in his native Belize. During this time, Shyne signed a new contract with Def Jam Records, for a reported seven-figure contract. Last week, Shyne created a petition on the White House’s page, seeking a grant for a United States visa. The former Brooklyn resident is seeking 25,000 signatures in hopes of re-entering the U.S. Shyne, who converted to Judaism while in prison, is asking for the visa on the basis of good behavior and community service since his conviction.

The petition can be read and signed here.

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