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Merger of Normal Old Age Living Allowance and Higher Old Age Living Allowance

With effect from 1 September 2022, the Social Welfare Department merges the Normal Old Age Living Allowance (Normal OALA) and the Higher Old Age Living Allowance (Higher OALA) as the “Old Age Living Allowance (OALA)”. The merged OALA adopt the more relaxed asset limits of the Normal OALA and the payment rate of the Higher OALA, while the monthly income limits remain unchanged. The arrangements will also applicable to the Guangdong Scheme and the Fujian Scheme.


Details on the Merger of Normal OALA and Higher OALA:


  Normal OALA*
(with effect from
1 February 2022)
Higher OALA*
(with effect from
1 February 2022)
Merged “OALA”
(with effect from
1 September 2022)
Monthly payment rate $2,920 $3,915 $3,915
Income limits per month Single person: $10,430
Married couple: $15,810
Remain unchanged
Asset limits Single person:
$374,000
Married couple:
$568,000
Single person:
$163,000
Married couple:
$247,000
Single person:
$374,000
Married couple:
$568,000

*The Normal OALA and Higher OALA will be replaced by the “OALA” with effect from 1 September 2022.




Special One-Off Arrangement

In the first year of implementing the merger of OALA under the FJ Scheme (i.e. 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023), a special one-off arrangement is re-launched to allow Hong Kong elderly persons who have resided in FJ and have satisfied all other prescribed eligibility criteria (including age, means test requirement for OALA, etc.), but fail to meet the requirement of having resided in Hong Kong continuously for at least one year immediately before the date of application, to benefit from the Old Age Allowance or OALA under the FJ Scheme without having to return to and stay in Hong Kong for one year. However, these applicants must have resided in FJ for at least one year immediately before the date of application (absence from FJ for not more than 56 days during the one-year period is treated as meeting the residence requirement).


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Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for Old Age Allowance (OAA)/Old Age Living Allowance (OALA), an applicant of the Fujian Scheme is required to meet the following eligibility criteria:


Application Procedure


Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme Application FormPDF File

Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme Application Form (Online Form) Online Form

Application for Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme Guidance NotesPDF File


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