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Eligibility Criteria

The Cash Payout Scheme (“the Scheme”) is an initiative announced in the 2020-21 Budget for disbursing HK$10,000 to each Hong Kong permanent resident aged 18 or above.

The eligibility criteria for the Scheme are as follows:

On or before 31 March 2021[Note 1], the registrant is aged 18 or above and is a Hong Kong permanent resident [Note 2] holding:

  1. a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card (“HKPIC”), i.e. a smart HKPIC issued on or after 23 June 2003 (click here for sample); or
  2. a Certificate of Exemption (“EC”) issued by the Commissioner of Registration under the Registration of Persons Regulations, Cap. 177A.



[Note 1: For those who register on or before 31 March 2021, they should meet both criteria in respect of age and permanent residency with the documentary proof stated in (a) or (b) at the time of registration. As for others, they are required to meet both criteria as at 31 March 2021.

Note 2: A registrant is also considered fulfilling the criterion in respect of the documentary proof on permanent residency if he/she -

  1. is eligible for attaining the Hong Kong permanent resident status on or before 31 March 2021;
  2. has submitted an application for verification of eligibility for permanent identity card (“VEPIC”) to the Immigration Department on or before 30 September 2021; and
  3. has submitted an application for HKPIC or EC to the Immigration Department upon approval of the VEPIC application referred to in item (ii) above and has the application approved on or before 31 December 2021.]