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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)

Job Search Assistance

Out-of-Area Job Search allowance is a benefit that reimburses you for some of your travel costs when interviewing for suitable work with an employer which requires you to travel outside your local commuting area. You must have a job interview, or a referral to meet with an employer for a specific job, or have an appointment for testing related to consideration for a specific position (e.g. drug test, competency test).You are eligible for this allowance within certain eligibility periods, and you must contact your TAA Coordinator to file an application form PRIOR to departing on each individual trip.

Allowed Costs

TAA can reimburse you for a portion of mileage or commercial transportation costs, overnight lodging, and meal costs if overnight travel is required. Eligible lodging and meal amounts are based on a percentage of the federal government travel rates (currently 50% of GSA limits) and usually do not cover your complete costs.

The amount of eligible costs that TAA Job Search reimburses to you depends on which TAA Law applies to your petition – either 90% of eligible (2015, 2011 and 2002 Law) or 100% of eligible costs (2009 Law). The maximum total reimbursement allowed per petition depends on which TAA Law applies to your petition – either $1250 max (2015, 2011 and 2002) or $1500 max (2009 Law).


You must provide confirmation from the employer that you attended a specific interview or meeting, and produce receipts for lodging and meal costs. Your TAA Coordinator must certify that obtaining suitable work within your area is not feasible.

Eligibility Periods and Deadlines

You must contact your TAA Coordinator to get an application form for the Job Search allowance PRIOR to departing on each individual trip.

There are two eligibility periods or deadlines for applying for this benefit:

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