Application Process

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program

The department is receiving an unprecedented number of faxes and can't process them immediately upon receipt, which will delay your application from being processed. Instead, we strongly recommend mailing your completed Trade Adjustment Assistance application to:

Department of Workforce Development
Bureau of Job Service – Room G100
PO Box 7972
Madison, WI 53707

Mailed Trade Adjustment Assistance applications will be processed upon receipt.

If you need to request a Trade Adjustment Assistance application/information packet, contact (888) 258-9966 for assistance.

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.

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.

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.