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Does UpWork Check work authorization in the US for the freelancers?

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Vinny S Member Since: Jan 30, 2018
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For hiring employees, we need to check whether the candidate is authorized to work in the US or not. Not sure how this is taken care of by UpWork. What are my obligations as a customer when hiring freelancers on UpWork?


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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Upwork is a global platform and as such, people who do not reside or work in the US are allowed to use the platform to find clients.


If you want only US freelancers then you must specify that in your job posts. All US freelancers have to sign a US tax form and Upwork verifies all freelancers, but it does not guarantee the quality of their work, or reliability etc.


Freelancers are not employees, any more than clients are employers. This would imply paid vacations, health and pensions etc.


Before hiring anyone, it would be a good idea to read Upwork's Terms of Service and the help pages for clients.



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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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As Nichola suggests, you can specify US only freelancers (not employees) when you set your job up. Then only US freelancers will be able to apply.

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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@Vinny S wrote:

For hiring employees, (...)

For hiring employees. Here, you are hiring contractors. Employment regulations doesn't apply.

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Claudia Z Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
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@Rene K wrote:
Here, you are hiring contractors. Employment regulations doesn't apply.

 Upwork offers also some employment services/solutions


"With Upwork Payroll, the worker becomes an employee of Upwork’s third-party staffing provider."


"Does Upwork Payroll screen and qualify workers?

Upwork Payroll does not provide additional vetting. However, a background check may be conducted by the Staffing Provider upon request."