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Location Selection Expanding to UK Clients

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Tiziana L Member Since: Aug 6, 2017
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Hi again. I am still confused about the verification process. It is supposed to verify the location, but it looks more like it verifies UK citizenship, by requiring a proof of ID rather than a proof of address... am I right? Is this only for UK citizens living in the UK?

And in case it's actually meant to verify the location, isn't this prone to exploitation by, let's say, a person that has a UK passport/citizeship but doesn't actually live in the UK?

As I said before, when you live in the UK and have to prove your location (for example to open a bank account or get a doctor) they ask for both an ID and a proof of address such as an utility bill or other official letters that prove it...

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Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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We apologize for the confusion Tiziana. We are working on making the process more flexible and including more acceptable documents to verify freelancers' location beyond the UK passport and driver's license.

 

Regarding the concern you shared, we require that the address listed on your Upwork profile be your real, permanent address. However, our location verification process allows for periodic travel, so if we’ve been able to confirm you are in the U.K. you’ll still be able to submit proposals for jobs where the client is requesting U.K. 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.

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Tiziana L Member Since: Aug 6, 2017
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Thanks Vladimir!

However, as an Italian citizen living and working in the UK since 2016, registered with HMRC and everything, it's still unclear to me what my situation is. I have no driving licence and my passport is Italian.

I can provide proof of my address, but apparently this is not accepted by Upwork...

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Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
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Hi Tiziana,

I`m sorry about the delay.
I already escalated your concern to our team and one of our team members will assist you further with your verification via ticket. Thank you.


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Tiziana L Member Since: Aug 6, 2017
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Hi Goran, thanks. However, something weird has happened.

I received an email with a link to submit my documents, and I did so. It looked more like an automated letter than a member of the team reaching me. However, I submitted my passport and a proof of address (bank statement) as requested.

Well, apparently it has been rejected...it says that my ID type in not accepted. It is a regular, valid passport.

Now I am really really confused. And concerned.

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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Tiziana,

 

I checked and saw that you already updated your ticket with this information and your documents, we appreciate that! Please allow time for our team to carefully investigate all facts you provided and once they do they will reach out to you with more details. Thank you for patience!


~ Bojan
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Alexander P Member Since: Nov 14, 2019
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Hi.

 

I'm in a similar situation, I live in the UK, I have proof of address but not british driving licence nor passport.

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Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Alexander,

 

I checked your account and see that one of our team members already reached out to you via support ticket to assist you directly in completing the verification process. Please follow the steps they shared on the email and feel free to post your questions on the ticket so the agent can assist you further, thank you.


-Joanne
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Mohamed E Member Since: Nov 11, 2018
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I wan to verify my location in the united kingdom, I have an egyptian passport

 

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Jo-An B Member Since: Aug 2, 2016
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Hi Mohamed,

One of our customer support agents will reach out to you via email to assist you directly. Thanks!

~ Jo-An

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