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With effect from 1 April 2013, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) introduces the Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) under existing Social Security Allowance (SSA) Scheme, as to supplement the living expenses of elderly Hong Kong residents aged 65 or above who are in need of financial support. From 1 February 2018 onwards, eligible elderly persons will receive a monthly allowance of $2,600.

An applicant is eligible for the OALA if he/she:

1. is aged 65 or above; 

2. meets the following residence requirements:

  1. has been a Hong Kong resident for at least seven years;and
  2. has resided in Hong Kong continuously for at least one year immediately before the date of application (absence from Hong Kong up to a maximum of 56 days during the one-year period is treated as residence in Hong Kong). 


  1. Persons whose presence in Hong Kong is unlawful or persons who are permitted to stay in Hong Kong for a purpose other than residence (for example, imported workers or visitors) are excluded from OALA.
  2. In considering the residence requirement in (b) above, consideration can be given to disregarding absences arising from paid work or medical treatment outside Hong Kong during the one-year period, subject to there being sufficient documentary proof (and reason).

3. continues to reside in Hong Kong during receipt of OALA ( Please click here for information on the permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong).

4. is not receiving any other allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme or Comprehensive Social Security Assistance;

5. is not under detention or imprisonment; and

6. is having an income and assets not exceeding the prescribed limits as below: 


  Single Person Married Couple
Total income limit per month $7,820 $12,700
Total assets value limit $334,000 $506,000


Please click here for the application procedures of OALA and payment arrangement. 

For other enquiries, please click here or call the SWD OALA hotline 3595 0130 or SWD hotline 2343 2255.

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