Managing Agency U.S. Department of Labor

Program Description

The Trade Act of 1974 (Pub. L. No. 93-618), as amended, Title II, Chapter 2, established the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers (TAA), Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA), and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) programs. These programs, collectively referred to as the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA Program), provide assistance to workers who have been adversely affected by foreign trade. Benefits include training, job search allowances, job relocation allowances, trade readjustment allowances (TRA), case management and employment services and access to the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

General Program Requirements

An individual must be experiencing a separation, threat of separation or reduction in wages as a result of imports or shifts of production to foreign countries and must be part of a worker group for whom a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance has been certified by the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.  Generally, a petition must be filed within one year of the layoff,  and a certification covers two years after the petition is certified.  Workers covered by certified petitions are then eligible to apply with their state for TAA Program benefits and services.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

A Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance may be filed by a group of three or more workers, by a company official, by one-stop delivery system operators or partners (including state employment security agencies and dislocated worker units) , or by a union or other duly authorized representative of such workers, on behalf of three or more workers. For petition forms and information on how to file a petition for visit the TAA Application Process page. To file a petition online, please follow the instructions on the Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) form.

Program Contact Information

Additional information on the TAA Program and regional and national contacts for the program is available at Also, the "Getting Back to Work After a Trade Related Layoff" provides for additional information on benefits and services available under the TAA program.

Benefits and services for workers covered by a certified petition are generally available through American Job Centers in local communities across the country. To find a Center near you, visit, or call the Employment and Training Administration Toll Free Helpline: 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627); TTY: 1-877-889-5627. For more information about the program contact the OTAA hotline 1-888-365-6822.

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