El Salvador, along with the largest stablecoin issuer in the world, Tether, has introduced a new citizenship-by-investment program, the “Adopting El Salvador Freedom Visa Program,” aimed at attracting 1,000 individuals willing to make a significant investment in the country using Bitcoin or USDT.
Successful applicants will receive a residency visa, a pathway to citizenship, and the opportunity to become integral contributors to El Salvador’s “socio-economic transformation.”
Tether Selected As Technology Provider For El Salvador
In collaboration with Tether, the government of El Salvador announced the program’s launch. It aims to create an environment where individuals can actively shape the nation’s future by catalyzing economic expansion and driving transformative societal change.
The initiative focuses on establishing El Salvador as a global center for “cutting-edge” technology, financial innovation, culture, safety, and societal progress.
According to the announcement, applicants must meet eligibility criteria and make a non-refundable $999 deposit in Bitcoin or USDT during the streamlined application process to participate in the program. Upon acceptance, the deposit will be credited towards the required $1 million investment in Bitcoin or USDT, which secures the Freedom Visa and paves the way for citizenship.
Tether’s role as a technology enabler supports the initiative by providing essential tech and payment infrastructure. In this regard, Paolo Ardoino, Tether’s CEO stated:
Our collaboration with the government of El Salvador is a significant moment for Tether as a technology provider. This initiative highlights our commitment to supporting cities and communities in their pursuit of financial freedom and innovation. It represents a unique opportunity for us to utilize our technological capabilities to foster growth and innovation in the region. Being chosen as the tech provider underscores the importance of robust infrastructure in driving meaningful change. This partnership reinforces our dedication to advancing technology, empowering nations, and enabling individuals to invest in a future where innovation and progress go hand in hand.
Social Development And Economic Growth
The program aims to fund vital social development projects, including improvements in education, medical infrastructure, essential services, transportation, and communication networks.
As announced, these initiatives seek to uplift communities and lay the foundation for a more prosperous future for all Salvadorans while positioning El Salvador as a symbol of advancement in Central America.
Adriana Mira, El Salvador’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed the program’s significance in economic development and innovation. The streamlined application process and the emphasis on visionary contributions to the nation’s growth underscore El Salvador’s dedication to inclusive development. Mira concluded:
This collaboration signifies a pivotal milestone in our dedication to economic development and innovation. The ‘Adopting El Salvador Freedom Visa Program” offers an extraordinary opportunity for individuals to actively participate in shaping a prosperous future for our nation.
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