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Contract funds "pending"

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Ian L Member Since: Sep 1, 2015
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Hi, I just moved to Upwork from Elance and was hoping somebody could clarify something that's been very confusing to me. Whenever my client claims to release funds, I see the funds under the "contract details", but they read "pending" for a whole seven days after the client has released them. I don't understand what this means, and I haven't seen any explanation from the official support. Does anybody know what exactly is happening to the funds during this "pending" stage?

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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They say it's for security. But yeah, the countdown starts when funds are escrowed on Elance. Here, it's a 7 day hold when they are released. Just the way it is.

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Ian L Member Since: Sep 1, 2015
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Thanks for the info.

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Bojana D Member Since: May 2, 2011
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The explanation has always been available in the site documentation. 


Your money shows as pending during the security period. 


You can find the full weekly billing cycle here.