Hong Kong's unemployment relief scheme


The subsidies are now underway to be disbursed for more than 57,000 successful applicants.

The Hong Kong government has finished vetting the third batch of applications under the Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme, and the subsidies are now underway to be disbursed for more than 57,000 successful applicants. Among this, about 31,000 applicants are those holding accounts under the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) schemes and over 26,000 applicants without MPF accounts.

With this latest round of applications being approved, the Government has approved more than 150,000 applications in total. In addition, 30,000 ineligible applicants have been informed via SMS messages or emails.

"The Government is processing the remaining applications in full swing with the aim to disburse subsidies to all eligible applicants within May," said the spokesperson.

Applicants must note that during processing of applications, they may be required to provide additional information to verify their eligibility to the Government-appointed agent. Given the number of applications being "more than expected". manpower has been increased to expedite the processing.

Generally, subsidies can be disbursed to eligible applicants with MPF accounts in about four weeks’ time after submitting the application. However, with more than 40% of applications not having MPF ​​accounts, the processing time of such applications would take longer.

It is anticipated that the next batch of successful applicants will be announced in due course or applicants may log into the Scheme's website to check their application status.

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