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The Social Welfare Department (SWD) will re-launch a one-year Special One-Off Arrangement under the Guangdong Scheme from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 to allow Hong Kong elderly persons who have already settled in Guangdong and satisfied all other eligibility criteria (including age, means test requirement for applicants aged 65 to 69, etc.), but failed to meet the one-year continuous residence in Hong Kong requirement to benefit from the Guangdong Scheme without having to return and stay in Hong Kong for one year, but the applicant must have resided in Guangdong continuously for one year (absence from Guangdong up to a maximum of 56 days during the one-year period is treated as residence in Guangdong) immediately before the date of application. Elderly persons who wish to apply for the Guangdong Scheme through the Special One-Off Arrangement may apply now. For details, please refer to the application procedure.

Besides, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council has approved increasing the monthly payment rate of the Guangdong Scheme under the Social Security Allowance Scheme by 1.4% with effect from 1 Febrauary 2018 according to the established adjustment mechnaism. Besides, the income and asset limits of Guangdong Scheme are also adjusted upwards from the same date. The revised monthly payment rate and financial limits effective from 1 February 2018 are set out below:

Single person
Married couple
Monthly allowance
Total income per month
Total asset value


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Eligibility Criteria

The Guangdong Scheme has largely the same eligibility criteria as Old Age Allowance in Hong Kong. A person is eligible for allowance under the Guangdong Scheme, if he/she:


A Special one-off arrangement:

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Application Procedure

Application Form for the Guangdong SchemePDF Document

Application for Guangdong Scheme Guidance NotesPDF Document

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Press Releases

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Publicity Video (broadcast from July 2017)

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