Application Process, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) Programs - Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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TAA Program Assistance:
888-258-9966
Fax: 608-327-6172
Email tra@dwd.wi.gov

Application Process

How to Apply

  1. Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  2. Apply for TAA Program

Workers laid off from a certified company's location must file individual applications for the TAA program to determine their eligibility for benefits and services. If you did not submit an application at an orientation session or through the mail, please call 888-258-9966 to request an application packet. DWD schedules orientation sessions for larger groups of laid off workers from the same certified company and mails invitations to those workers. If you do not receive an invitation or are unable to attend a TAA Orientation Session, use the tutorial video below to help you fill out the TAA Program application.

REMEMBER: To be eligible for the TAA program you must be a worker who lost your job at a company and location certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a trade-affected employer.

Video Tutorial

After You Apply – Get Started!

After you have applied for the TAA Program, DWD Unemployment Insurance Division will process your application to determine if you are eligible, and send you a determination letter in the mail. It may take up to three weeks to receive your determination letter.

Sample Eligibility Determination Letter

While you are waiting to receive your TAA eligibility determination letter, you should prepare to meet important deadlines and plan to meet your career goals by developing your skills. Find your nearest local job center where you can start your career exploration, connect with additional job search resources and attend skill-building workshops.

If you are already working with a WIOA (dislocated worker) or TAA Career Planner, continue to work with them to develop your plan for new employment and keep track of important deadlines.

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