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David Andersson is the founder and President of the Whatcom Opportunities Regional Center, Inc.
Mr. Andersson has been involved with the EB-5 US Immigrant Investor Program for over a decade. Currently, he is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Investor (EB-5) Committee, and President of the Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA), the industry association for active EB-5 Regional Centers in the United States.
David Andersson is also a practicing attorney in the State of Washington, specializing in US immigration law, particularly immigration through business and investment.
DAVID ANDERSSON, was born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan in 1960. He has a Bachelor of Science (Biology/Chemistry) from the University of Alberta, and a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Andersson is called to the Bar in British Columbia (1991) and Washington State (1995). He has over 20 years of combined experience representing clients before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board, United States District Court and the Executive Office of Immigration Review – U.S. Immigration Court.
Mr. Andersson serves as the President of PACE – the Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council, an organization concerned with trade and cross border mobility issues. As a representative of PACE, Mr. Andersson has testified before a Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Free Trade in Services, and the U.S. Congressional Government Reform Committee’s Sub-Committee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources regarding ways to improve security, facilitate commerce and ease travel between the United States and Canada.
An active member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Mr. Andersson chaired the Washington State Chapter – Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee and also sat on the AILA National CBP/Border Policy Committee. He is currently a member of the AILA EB5 Immigrant Investor Committee and serves as President of the U.S. Immigrant Investor Association – the Trade Association for the U.S. Regional Center Immigrant Investor Program.
Whatcom Opportunities Regional Center
In 2003, immigration attorney David Andersson, spearheaded an effort to bring a US government designated Regional Center to Whatcom County as a means to stimulate economic activity in Northwest Washington.
Mr. Andersson collaborated with economic development officials, business leaders, and immigration specialists to prepare an application to the US Government.
Three years later, on October 13, 2006, the Whatcom Opportunities Regional Center, or WORC, was officially designated as a Regional Center for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services division (USCIS).
The USCIS designation allows WORC to collect investments from Immigrant Investors as part of the EB-5 Program. The designation requires that any funds invested in WORC be allocated towards the development of ‘Homes for the Elderly’ in Whatcom County.
WORC has corporate offices in Bellingham, Washington and Shanghai, China. The Regional Center also works with lawyers and immigration specialists in fourteen different countries on five separate continents.
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