Thank you Vladimir for your reply. I have already seen the requirements to become a Rising Talent. And I guess I adhere all rules and followed all the requirements.
I will be glad if you please point me out where I lack.
So now, despite experience running a national virtual office, but new to Upwork, I can't bid on any work.
You should just make this a private site only for freelancers already getting projects.
Or perhaps actually know that some clients lie they are in the US and will not pay thru Upwork.
Turned down 2 very suspect interviews but guess I should have taken a job that wanted me to set up a checking account in a foreign bank and hope I could get paid and rated.
Previously, if I submitted a proposal that had a 90% or other qualifier, Upwork would notify the client I didn't meet the qualifications.. If it is the same, the client will be disinclined to even read a cover letter.
Our colleagues and competitors have reported again and again in the fora that not meeting criteria specified by the client is no barrier to having one's proposal read and being hired.
And if the client doesn't modify the settings, which I am certain most of them don't from what I have noticed on postings, then still the freelancer with none of the preferred qualifications has no chance of getting the job. So I am not quite sure what you have accomplished with this apart from ensuring that new freelancers don't even get considered.
I would just like to reiterate what Valeria, and Douglas Michael has mentioned on this thread - freelancers will still be able to apply even if they don't meet the preferences or qualifications set by the client. I have read in other threads that despite not meeting these preferences, some freelancers are still able to land the job they bid for.