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Petition Filing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section provides solutions to questions frequently asked by petitioners when completing TAA petitions. There is a section of general questions followed by questions corresponding to the four sections of the petition form.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?
Q: What are some of the benefits available to those who qualify to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance?
Q: How do I file a complete petition?
Q: When should a petition be filed?
Q: Why must the petition be filed within one year of worker separations?
Q: How will I know that the Department of Labor received my petition?
Q: What happens after I file my TAA petition?
Q: How will I know whether my petition is certified?
Q: What is the difference between group eligibility and individual eligibility?
Q: Is there anything I can do to get a faster response from Department of Labor?
Q: What do I do if my company is closed?
Q: I am an employer filing a petition on behalf of my employees. Other than the petition, what additional information will I be required to provide?
Q: What information should a State Workforce Official or American Job Center Operator/Partner include in a petition?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SECTION 1 OF THE PETITION FORM

Q: Who may file a petition?
Q: What if there are more than three workers in my group?
Q: What do I do if I want to file a petition but cannot find two other workers?
Q: What is if I don’t know the exact date of separation as requested by Section 1, Item (g)?
Q: How do I describe a worker group as requested by Section 1, Item (i)?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SECTION 2 OF THE PETITION FORM

Q: What is the difference between the information requested in Items (a) through (h) and Items (i) through (m)?
Q: What if there is only one location of my company?
Q: What if the headquarters (or main administrative offices) of my company are located in one city, but I work at another location?
Q: What if I do not know all the articles produced or services supplied by my company?
Q: What if I do not know the exact number of workers that were laid off?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SECTION 3 OF THE PETITION FORM

Q: What is a trade effect?
Q: What are some examples of reasons why a petitioner may believe that separations are due to foreign trade? How much detail do I need to provide?
Q: I do not have access to documents that can prove a trade effect has occurred. Can I still file a petition?
Q: Do I have to submit supplemental information?
Q: Who is a Company Official?
Q: Why do I have to provide information for two current company officials?
Q: What if I do not have the contact information for two current company officials?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SECTION 4 OF THE PETITION FORM

Q: What is the date of petition?
Q: Whose signature belongs here?
Q: What happens if I have forgotten to sign the petition?
Q: If we are filing as a group of three workers, do all three of us need to sign?

 

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