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Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) benefits are similar to regular unemployment benefits. You must apply for and exhaust regular unemployment benefits before applying for TRA benefits. If eligible for TRA benefits, you may request them only after you receive all of your regular unemployment insurance benefits in a benefit year. To be eligible for TRA benefits, you must be participating in Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) approved training.
Depending on the petition number of your trade program, as described below, claimants may receive up to several years of combined regular unemployment and TRA benefits. Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits vary depending on past wages and other requirements.
There are four types of TRA benefits:
To apply for Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits, complete and return a Trade Readjustment Allowance Application or . You must submit an application for regular benefits on ui.texasworkforce.org before we can take a TRA application.
We pay Basic TRA benefits when your regular unemployment benefits and any available Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) end. You can receive up to 52 weeks of combined regular and basic TRA benefits. You have two years (104 weeks) after separating from a trade-affected employer to use basic TRA benefits and receive payment, if you are eligible.
To qualify for any Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits you must have applied for TAA-approved training within specific deadlines.
To qualify for basic Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits, you must meet one of the following criteria:
To qualify for Additional Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:
You may be eligible for additional weeks of benefits equal to the number of weeks you received remedial or prerequisite education, up to 26 weeks.
We pay for remedial or prerequisite weeks after you exhaust your Additional TRA benefits.
To qualify for Completion TRA, you must meet all of the following requirements:
If your petition is numbered 80,000 and higher:
To receive TRA benefits, you must attend TAA training classes as scheduled. However, if your school has scheduled breaks for holidays or summer vacation that exceed 30 class days, TWC cannot pay you any level of trade benefits for the weeks covered by those 30 days.
The chart below shows the progression of benefits by type.
Last Verified: August 20, 2014
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