Regarding your concern, we could confirm that only Cash payment requires approval.
All payment gateways will auto approve the payment if it has successfully proceeded.
Recently, Paypal Adaptive (Escrow) is not available for new applications.
We have FrE Credit offers the escrow functionality regardless of region.
FreelanceEngine tutorial: How to use Credit with Escrow system (Updated).
FreelanceEngine Credit to make Escrow payment, no PayPal Adaptive needed.
Paypal is included in our Basic package so we might consider to remove it in the future if so many issues arise.
You can combine almost every available payment gateways (2Checkout/Stripe/,..) with FrE Credit for Escrow functionality.
Also, the latest version of FrE Credit allows employers to buy Credit on the go without having to prepurchase first.
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