Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Bitcoin Jesus" Denied Visa to Attend Bitcoin Conference in Miami


ImmigrationProf has previously reported on the increase in Americans relinquishing their U.S. citizenship (and obtaining tax benefits).  Here (and here) is a story showing some of the possible complications of expatriation. 

Roger Ver , sometimes referred to as the "Bitcoin Jesus," in 2014 renounced his citizenship and moved to St. Kitts, a tropical island with almost no taxes. He is upset because the United States denied him a nonimmigrant visa to attend and speak at a Bitcoin conference in Miami.  The reason offered for the visa denial -- he doesn’t have sufficient “ties” to his country of residency in the Caribbean and has not demonstrated he has “the ties that will compel [him] to return to your home country after your travel to the United States,” according to a picture he tweeted of a letter that appears to be from the embassy. In short, U.S. officials are worried that Ver might choose to overstay the terms of any visa.



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