See if you’re eligible, and if you are, I have also provided the links to the registration forms. [This post was updated on 24 April 2012 (updates in blue)]
On 2 March 2011, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary announced a HK$6,000 cash handout to all residents as part of the city’s 2011-12 budget. Hong Kong’s budget was approved by the Legislative Council (LegCo) in April, and the funds required to initiate this scheme in July.
The questions everyone now wants answered are: am I entitled to the handout, and if so, how do I get it?
Hong Kong’s government has submitted to LegCo its proposed implementation framework, called “Scheme $6,000″ (“$6,000 計劃”). The Hong Kong Government has established a new website called “Scheme $6,000″ in both Chinese and English. Check it out, or check out my summary of it below.
Question 1: Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the cash handout if before 31 March 2012:
- you are over 18 years of age, and
- is a permanent resident of Hong Kong who is in possession of a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card (香港永久性居民身份證/HKPIC), or
- has submitted an application to obtain a HKPIC and it is approved before 31 December 2012.
If you hold a non-permanent identity card (非永久性居民身份證), that is, if your identity card says “Hong Kong Identity Card” (香港居民身份證), you are not eligible for the cash handout.
Question 1a: What if I don’t turn 18 before registration starts?
If you are eligible but you turn 18 between 29 August 2011 and 31 March 2012, you will need to register for the payout between 1 April 2012 and 31 December 2012. You will not get the HK$200 bonus.
Question 1b: What is this bonus HK$200?
choose to register for the payout between 1 April 2012 and 31 December 2012 instead of during the main round in the timeframes described above, the government will give you an additional HK$200 bonus.
The earliest HK$6,200 handout in this cycle will be in mid-May 2012.
However, with inflation in Hong Kong at 4.6% (April 2011), there is absolutely no benefit in receiving the additional bonus of $200 (3.3%). [Correction: note that the 4.6% is a per annum figure, and the delay in receiving the bonus is only approximately 6 months]
Question 2: When will I need to register?
Registration will commence on 28 August 2011 and close on 31 March 2012. Registration dates are as below: From 28 August 2011 – those born on 1946 or earlier From 11 September 2011 – those born between 1947 and 1956 From 25 September 2011 – those born between 1957 and 1966 From 9 October 2011 – those born between 1967 and 1981 From 23 October 2011 – those born between 1982 and 1993
[Comment:] Everyone that is eligible can now register and you will get HK$6,200 (see question 1b). The cash handout should be given around ten weeks after registration.
Question 3: I have a bank account. How do I register?
If you have a local Hong Kong dollar bank account in your sole name, you will get your cash handout paid directly into your bank account. Joint bank accounts will not be accepted.
You can obtain a registration form from the “Scheme $6,000″ website here in English or Chinese (from 22 August 2011) or from the local branches of 21 retail banks. Another way is to log into your selected bank’s e-banking system and submitting it electronically (only 14 banks offer this).
When you complete and sign the form, you can submit it through the following ways:
- drop boxes located at any branch of your selected bank,
- mailing the form to G.P.O. Box No. 186000, Hong Kong General Post Office (indicate the name of the designated bank on the envelope for easy processing).
You do not need to submit your registration form in person at bank counters.
Question 3a: I don’t have a bank account. How do I register?
If you do not have a local Hong Kong dollar bank account in your sole name, you will get your cash handout through a Hong Kong post office.
Then you complete and sign the form then submit it through the following ways:
- drop boxes located in any post office, or
- mailing the form to G.P.O. Box No.186000, Hong Kong General Post Office.
You do not need to submit your registration form in person at post offices.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be notified by post within three months after registration, to collect the cheque within a designated period at your specified post office.
Your cheque can then be cashed at any Standard Chartered Bank branch. You have one year to collect your cheque after notification.
You will be asked to show your HKPIC when collecting the cheque for identity verification purposes, so you will need to pick up your cheque in person. You cannot ask someone to collect it on your behalf.
Registrants who want to enquire about the status of their registrations after submission may contact the Hongkong Post at 2365 2727 (Hong Kong telephone number). Unsuccessful registrants will be notified in writing.