New Feature! Read the announcement here.
If your profile's location says United States (this is based on your Settings > Contact Info > Location), we'll be confirming your location before you can submit proposals to jobs where the client is requesting freelancers in the U.S. only (part of the new location selection feature). These jobs will be indicated with a "Location Requirement."
How do I confirm my location?
In many cases, confirmation happens automatically, behind-the-scenes.
If you're not verified automatically, you'll be prompted to add a verified bank account so we can confirm you reside in the U.S.. This will not replace your payment method on file and is simply used as a way to confirm your location.
Once you have confirmed your location, it does not expire. The process allows for periodic travel, so if we've been able to confirm you are in the U.S. you'll still be able to submit proposals for jobs where the client is requesting U.S. freelancers only. It will then be up to you and your client to determine whether your travel schedule affects your ability to meet their job requirements.
What's location selection?
Upwork is testing a feature that gives clients in the U.S. the option to set their freelancer search and job post visibility to freelancers in the U.S. only. By giving clients the ability to further filter freelancers, we save them time and make Upwork a better place for all their freelancer needs, including work where a freelancer's location doesn't matter. Plus, when a client can set more criteria, freelancers don't waste time submitting proposals and using Connects on jobs they won't be considered for. As always, it is up to the client to decide which freelancer (and which location) makes the most sense for their project. With this feature, we are giving clients an additional choice in how they can find freelancers for their job posts. All clients will continue to have the option of making their job post visible to freelancers in any location.
We are testing this feature out with selected U.S. clients only. If it succeeds in bringing more clients (and job opportunities) to Upwork, we'll look at expanding it in other countries.
Please note: For this initial test, agencies are excluded.