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Holiday Payment Delay

Community Leader
Lillian T Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
1 of 15

We have heard a few concerns from the community about freelancers not being able to withdraw earnings during the holidays. Yes, there may be delays in receiving and withdrawing funds during this time period. But rest assured that oDesk's automated systems will be processing all requests and transfers normally, with the exception of a slight delay due to bank holidays. This is because it takes time to receive direct oDesk-to-bank-account payments, which are calculated in business days. Holidays and weekends are not counted as business days, so delays may occur.


oDesk operates in over 240 countries, so we must depend on you to be aware of the bank holidays in your own country. The US bank holidays are:



  • New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1 
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 
  • Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 
  • Independence Day, Friday, July 4 
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 1 
  • Veterans’ Day, Tuesday, November 11 
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 
  • Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25

For more information check out this oDesk Help Article


The banks in the Philippines will be closed for almost 12 straight days during the holidays. 


Philippine Bank Holidays:

Dec. 24: Special Non-Working Day 

Dec. 25: Christmas Day

Dec. 26: Special Non-Working Day 

Dec. 27: Weekend 

Dec. 28: Weekend 


Dec 30: Rizal Day (Holiday) 

Dec 31: Special Non-Working Day 

Jan. 1: New Year’s Day 

Jan. 2: Special Non-Working Day 

Jan. 3: Weekend 

Jan. 4: Weekend 


Please read these articles, so you are informed and can make arrangements: 


Community Guru
Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
2 of 15

thanks for posting this here Lillian! Smiley Happy


I suggest we make this a sticky (at least during the jampacked holiday dates ahead this December) for lurkers and new forum visitors to see it easily. Will share this as well at fb etc Smiley Happy

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Active Member
Nadia A Member Since: Dec 15, 2014
3 of 15

Thank you Lillian.
Although it's a basic concept. Specially, thanks for sharing the dates.
And normally every sunday is US bank off day i guess. I'm from bangladesh. So, I'm not sure about this. hahaha Smiley Very Happy

Active Member
Alyn A Member Since: Feb 18, 2010
4 of 15

Ugh.. no wonder our government don't accomlish much around here.

Active Member
Rose Ann Rozzette C Member Since: Jan 6, 2015
5 of 15


I was just wondering. My oDesk account made an automatic withdrawal last December 31,2014. My bank was opened on that day until around lunch time. My funds have not reached my account as of the moment. I would like to inquire if December 31 would still be a no bank day for oDesk, given the said circumstances? 


I would just like to clarify that if a day is deemed a non working day and the bank chooses to be opened, no oDesk transaction should be counted? I'm just a bit confused. Sorry.

Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
6 of 15

Hi Rose Ann Rozzette,


Although a particular branch of your bank worked half day on the 31st of December, it was still a bank holiday, therefore there could be some delays unfortunately.


Thank you for your patience. 

~ Valeria
Active Member
Gulfam H Member Since: Jan 29, 2018
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Hi! I need your help regarding my upwork profile to be worked.

Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Gulfam, 

What can we do for you today?

~ Avery
Active Member
Terence R Member Since: Jan 15, 2015
9 of 15

Does payment affect during the Pope's visit? Will we receive our payment thru LFT today? Usually arrives in Friday morning when you withdraw on Wednesdays at aroung 8-8:30am. But me and my wife didn't received anything yet.

Community Guru
Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
10 of 15

If the local banks are in holiday Terence, oDesk can't do anything about that.

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