TAA-Eligibility & How to Apply


There is a wide variety of jobs that could be affected by foreign trade.  However, these are the following types of jobs that may be at risk:


  • Produce products that face increasing foreign import competition
  • Shift in production from U.S. to another country that has free trade agreement which would result in increased imports into U.S.
  • Workers whose firms supply articles for firms with TAA-certified workers or provide additional, value-added production processes directly for firms with TAA-certified workers.


If your company provides the above mentioned types of product and/or services, and have also lost your job, you may consider submitting a petition to the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA) to receive certification to confirm your job loss was connected to foreign-trade.

A minimum of three workers that have been affected by foreign trade can petition the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA).  In addition, your former employer, union, state workforce official, or One-stop staff may submit a petition on behalf of the laid-off workers.


How to Apply


Applying for TAA certification involves these basic steps.  DLIR is committed to helping workers that have been laid-off due to foreign trade find the assistance they need.

Basic Steps:


1. A group of three or more people from the same company may apply for the TAA petition process to request certification their jobs were affected by foreign trade.

2. Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA) initiates an investigation and offers a ruling.  If the OTAA finds the petitioners were affected by foreign trade, they are eligible for TAA certification and subsequent services.

3. Once signed, the petition is then sent to both the TAA Office in Washington D.C. and local DLIR office.

4. Once certified by OTAA, claimants can then go to their local WDD One-Stop Office to receive various training and other support services.

If you need assistance in filing a petition to OTAA, please contact your local WDD One-Stop Office for further assistance.  Click HERE for current TAA Petition forms.

TAA Petition Tips

  • Petition must be submitted within one year of the workers being laid-off.  Submissions for workers after a year are ineligible for TAA.
  • Petitions to OTAA are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Valid petitions will receive a five digit case number, “TA-W-XX,XXX.”  A notice of receipt of the petition will be published in the Federal Register.  The status of the petitions is available on the TAA website.

For more information on the TAA Petition Process, click HERE to go to the TAA Petition website page to learn more.