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What are the application procedures and the payment arrangement for Guangdong Scheme?

Social Welfare Department

Application procedures for the Guangdong Scheme

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Persons unfit to apply

If an applicant has been medically certified to be unfit to make a statement on his/her own, an appointee will be appointed by the Director of Social Welfare to act on his/her behalf.  Please contact Social Security Field Units (Guangdong Scheme) for details.
 

Documents required

Please return the completed application form together with the following supporting documents:

  1. 2 recent photos of the applicant; 
  2. Copies of the documents confirming the applicant’s identity and age (e.g. Hong Kong Identity Card, Birth Certificate, etc.);
  3. Copy of the proof of the residential address in Hong Kong/ Guangdong (e.g. rental receipts, utilities bills, letters issued by the Government, etc.); 
  4. Copy of the 1st page of a Hong Kong bank account passbook (account name and account number should be clearly shown) of the applicant (only sole account is acceptable for payment purposes; joint accounts are not acceptable); and 
  5. For applicants who reside in Guangdong and are unfit to travel to Hong Kong for the application, a copy of the proof issued by a local public hospital/ clinic. 
     
Application procedures
  • Applicants should return the completed application form together with photocopies of relevant supporting documents to the Social Security Field Unit (Guangdong Scheme) (Address: Unit 2110-2111, 21/F, Landmark North, 39 Lung Sum Avenue, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong) by post or in person.
  • As soon as an application is received, SWD will make arrangements for an interview with the applicant at the Social Security Field Unit (Guangdong Scheme) and complete the application procedures accordingly. Applicants must complete the application procedures in person in Hong Kong. 
  • To ensure effective handling of applications, the Department will make prior appointment for an interview with the applicant.  There is no need to rush to the Social Security Field Unit (GD Scheme).  Applicants should return the completed application form together with photocopies of relevant supporting documents to the Social Security Field Unit (GD Scheme) by post.  In this way, the application process may be shortened and save applicants from having to approach the field unit for a number of times.  As soon as an application is received, the Department will make arrangements for an interview with the applicant.
     
Notification of result of application, payment method and permissible limits of absence from Guangdong during receipt of assistance
  • After completion of investigation, a formal notification letter will be sent to the applicant informing the applicant of the application result.
  • Guangdong Scheme allowance payment will be calculated from the commencement date of the Guangdong Scheme (i.e. 1 October 2013), or the date of receipt of the application by SWD (or the date of application or referral if the application is referred by another organization), or the date of eligibility, whichever is the later. The payment is usually credited to the applicant’s/ appointee’s designated Hong Kong bank account once a month.
  • Where a Guangdong Scheme recipient has resided in Guangdong for not less than 60 days in a payment year, his/her temporary absences from Guangdong (i.e. leaving Guangdong for other provinces in China, Hong Kong, Macau or overseas countries/territories) will not affect the payment of allowance on condition that the total number of days of absence in the year does not exceed 305 days (or 306 days in a leap year). A Guangdong Scheme recipient will be entitled to a full year allowance if he/she satisfies the minimum residence period of 60 days in Guangdong in a payment year.
  • If a Guangdong Scheme recipient has resided in Guangdong for less than 60 days in a payment year, he/she is not entitled to any absence allowance in that year. In other words, he/she is eligible to receive allowance only for the periods during which he/she has resided in Guangdong.
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Last update: 27 Sep 2019
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