- 1 十年前最愛解答
I assume you do not have Permanent Residence (PR) of that country, because you say "有限期"的居留証".
I am not so sure about that country's Immigration's advice. Losing your Residence Permit should NOT equal to losing that STATUS.
I'll give you an example: losing your HK ID does not imply that you are an illegal resident in HK, right? It just means it is a little difficult to prove your HK PR status.
Applying a NORMAL VISA imply that you are in that country for a different purpose (change from Working to say, Studying). The rights under different immigration status is of course different. So you might become an illegal worker.
My advice is to call the Immigration again, see whether you can just get a replacement of that Residence Permit without going thru this troublesome procedures.
By holding the Residence Permit, I think you are considered as Foreign Resident, but it should not affect your HK PR status, because your HK ID already has ***. But this foreign residence would affect your tax issues, which you might need to seek further help.