I just wanted to share that I completed the Identity Verification last night. It was quick and painless. Upon completion the "badge" appeared on my Profile.
It did seem strange that the representative could see me, but I couldn't see him. IMO the process would be less intimidating if it would be a two-way viewing.
Also, IMO since life happens, more than 7 days should be allowed to complete the process; 30 seems more practical. There most definitely are life events that can cause a person to be "off the grid" longer than 7 days.
So... freelancers have to prove they are by showing our ID's and skyping with someone?
What do clients have to do to prove that they aren't going to scam us or suddenly vanish or actually pay us the right amount?
Freelancers already give a huge cut of their earnings to upwork. We need safety measures, too.
Like, for example, will upwork ever put a system in place that weeds out flakey clients - you know, the ones that cancel the job after 50+ freelancers spent time writing personal proposals and sending their previous work?
Or what about a rule that says clients can't demand artists/creators to send very specific "auditions" in order to be considered for the job? Like with voice overs and musical composition jobs, there are many clients that want you to send them recordings of their script or the actual music project before even being considered for the job. And what usually happens with those clients? They close the job without choosing a single cadidate and they vanish. Because they got all the goods they needed without paying a dime.
It's hard enough finding work on this site with so many freelancers on here.
I feel like the clients needs are always top priority for upwork and that causes this website to neglect the needs of its freelancers. That is all. I wish someone would actually answer emails I send support about this.
Seeing that all questions about the safety and legality of this new requirement are being thwarted, can I ask how long will the account be on hold for in case we don't comply with the verification?
Freelancers who have not verified 7 days after notification will have their accounts placed on hold. Freelancers can still work on existing contracts while on hold and will continue to have the option to verify. Once they successfully verify, the hold will be released.
We are gradually rolling out this requirement to all freelancers on Upwork. You may fall in either of the three groups listed in this help article. Once you are part of any of the groups, you will receive a notification to veirfy your account to receive the ID-Verification Badge. You may refer to the help article if you have other questions about the badge.