WBENC-certified businesses with growth goals to expand outside of the U.S. can apply to join WEConnect International by completing the WEConnect International business registration questionnaire, uploading an active WBENC certificate, and paying an annual fee. The WBE’s WEConnect International profile expiration date will align with the WBE’s WBENC certificate expiration date.
1. Create your business profile
2. Upload your WBENC certificate
3. Pay the annual non-refundable $500 fee
U.S.– based businesses owned by non-U.S. residents can apply for WEConnect International certification if:
• They abide by our standard eligibility criteria,
• the company has a subsidiary or a branch office in the U.S., and
• the business owner is legally authorized to work in the U.S.
In addition to our standard request of documents according to the business type, applicants need to upload their Visa or Employment Authorization Document as proof of eligibility. The process will then follow the same standard certification process.
Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) includes: Refugee (a)(3), Paroled as a Refugee (a)(4), Asylee (a)(5), Granted Withholding (a)(10), Pending Asylum/Withholding (c)(8), TPS (a)(12); (c)(19), J-2 (c)(5), H-4 (c)(26), Compelling Circumstances (c)(35), AOS Applicant (c)(9), DACA (c)(33), and VAWA (c)(31).
Non-immigrant status visa include: E-1/E-2, E-2S, E-3S, L-1A, L-2S, and O-1.
Build your WECommunity network profile
Upload your WBENC certification document OR your employment authorization/visa and other required documents
Submit the application and the $500 USD non-refundable fee
WEConnect International will review the application and e-mail your confirmation
See if certification is available in your country.
This document provides an overview of the standards, governance and processes of WEConnect International
regarding the certification of women-owned businesses.