Roger Ver, a high-profile member of the Bitcoin community who is commonly known as “Bitcoin Jesus,” has been denied a US visa — despite having been born in the country.
Ver is well known in the Bitcoin community as an entrepreneur and angel investor, having funded products including Blockchain, Ripple, and Blockpay. He became known as “Bitcoin Jesus” after giving thousands of coins of the virtual currency away for free. Ver was born in the US, making him a citizen there, but he renounced his citizenship in March — and now he says the government isn’t letting him back in.
As Coindesk is reporting, Ver posted on Twitter that the US government had refused his recent request for a non-immigrant visa, leaving him “effectively locked out of his native USA.”***
The fiercely libertarian entrepreneur has also appealed for others to follow his lead on citizenship, in June launching a website that helps wealthy people pay their way to citizenship on his new island home of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.
He surrendered his American citizenship a month after moving to the islands, in February 2014.
There are worse places to be stuck than St. Kitts, I suppose. They could allow you in and confine you to Alabama.
At any rate, this is the essence of libertarianism, isn’t? They want what they want when they want it, to hell with anyone else or any of those messy rules. Hopefully he can persuade a whole bunch of like-minded assholes to move to the islands with him and they can self exile so we don’t have to put up with them. We should start tweeting scenic pictures of St. Kitts to Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch.