New Feature! Read the announcement here.
We recognize that sometimes you need a freelancer located in the same country. Your projects may require localized knowledge, the possibility of on-site coordination, specific compliance needs or other factors that make working with someone within your country an easier way to get started on Upwork. We currently support some level of location filtering for all clients by specifying your requirements in the job description and/or setting location as Preferred Qualification, but freelancers from outside the country may still submit proposals.
We are testing a new location selection feature. We hope this additional option will help clients like you find who you’re looking for faster. We are initially testing this out with selected clients in the U.S. only. Based on the results, we’ll consider expanding to existing clients and other countries.
If you are part of this test, upon signing up for Upwork, you'll be asked if you want to target your search to freelancers within your country, or open it up to freelancers anywhere. Don't worry, if you change your mind after posting the job, you can easily switch your location selection, in freelancer search results or on the job post itself, to make the post visible to the entire marketplace and work with freelancers from around the world. Your location selection can be different for different jobs.