Chinese actor Dai Xiangyu 'disappointed' at losing S'pore PR status after missing renewal deadline

He first received his Singapore permanent residency in 2014.

Kayla Wong | May 30, 2021, 05:45 PM

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Chinese actor Dai Xiangyu, who appeared in the 2008 Channel 8 drama The Little Nyonya as a Japanese photographer, has lost his Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) status in April.

Disappointed with the outcome

The 36-year-old told Shin Min Daily News that before his PR status expired in April, he had intended to complete the renewal procedure. But due to the pandemic, as well as a variety of other reasons, Dai, who is now living in China, said he was unable to submit his application in time.

As a result, he lost his permanent residency when the deadline lapsed. He first received PR status in 2014.

Saying that he was "disappointed" with the outcome, Dai also claimed he had already submitted the application online, but was not successful.

According to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), a valid Re-Entry Permit (REP) is needed each time a PR travels abroad. Should a PR leave Singapore or remain overseas without a valid REP, they will lose their permanent residency.

While a valid REP can be renewed online within three months of its expiry date, it can also be renewed overseas at a Singapore Overseas Mission. Applicants are advised to submit their applications at least two months before their current REP expires.

Dai first moved to Singapore in 2007 to work as an artiste under Mediacorp. He left the media conglomerate in 2013 after his contract expired.

According to The Straits Times, he officially moved back to Shanghai in 2011, and changed his name from Dai Yangtian to his current one in 2013 for "better luck".

Dai, who's married to Chinese actress Chen Zihan, made it to the list of Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes in 2010 and 2013.

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