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 icon, pictured below:
How do I verify my location?
In many cases, verification happens automatically, behind-the-scenes.
If you're not verified automatically, you'll be prompted (on Find Work) to upload an image of your ID card so we can confirm you reside in the U.S. Verification of your location should happen in real-time.
Once you have verified your location, it does not expire until you move and change your location in your profile settings. 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?
Job post location selection is 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 new 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.
What about agencies?
For U.S.-based agencies, each person must verify their location to gain access to these jobs. Only those who have confirmed they are located in the U.S. will be able to submit proposals for jobs where the client is requesting U.S. freelancers only. When submitting proposals on behalf of other team members, both the person submitting the proposal and the team member named in the proposal must verify they are in the U.S.
Non-U.S. agency members, including business managers, will not be able to submit proposals for jobs with location selection, even on behalf of their team members who have completed location verification.