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FAQ

Social Security

  1. Will a CSSA recipient be eligible for assistance if he/she leaves Hong Kong?
     

  2. Is it necessary to report to the Social Welfare Department in case of changes in circumstances of the CSSA applicant or his/her family member(s)? 
     




Social Security


Q1: Will a CSSA recipient be eligible for assistance if he/she leaves Hong Kong?

A1: A CSSA recipient's temporary absences from Hong Kong will not affect the amount of assistance payable on condition that the total number of days of absence in a payment year (which is counted from 1 July to 30 June of the following year) does not exceed the permissible limit as follows :
 
(A) Recipients aged 60 or above or recipients medically certified to be disabled : 180 days a year.
   
(B) Other recipients : 60 days a year. (If there are special reasons why these recipients have to leave Hong Kong for more than 60 days in a year, the permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong can be extended up to a maximum of 90 days at the discretion of Director of Social Welfare.)
 
(Note: Consideration can be given to disregarding a recipient’s absence from Hong Kong arising from paid employment outside Hong Kong on condition that there is documentary evidence to prove that working hours per month and earnings per month are no less than the prescribed level as defined by SWD.) 

 

Q2: Is it necessary to report to the Social Welfare Department in case of changes in circumstances of the CSSA applicant or his/her family member(s)?

A2: Any changes in the circumstances of a CSSA applicant or his/her family member(s) may affect his/her CSSA entitlement. Therefore, the applicant or his/her guardian/appointee should report immediately to the Social Welfare Department whenever there is a change in the information that has already been provided to the Department, which includes :
 
  • change in employment or change in income;
  • change in financial resources;
  • total value of assets exceeding the prescribed limit;
  • change in schooling conditions;
  • change in family conditions;
  • change in family expenditure;
  • absence from Hong Kong exceeding the permissible limits;
  • admission to or discharge from any residential institution; or
  • detention or imprisonment, etc.