Thank you for taking time out to explain the nuances, @waiming. The lawyer was of the opinion that they won't cancel my work visa solely for this. He also said that while there is a risk of incarceration, it is not high. Do you think they (God forbid) would cancel my work permit to preclude me from applying for PR? I worked so hard to advance my career here.
Last edited by shri; 28-06-2019 at 03:58 PM. Reason: (Added Mention)
Good luck. This situation has to be stressful and you seem to be handling it very well!
However I do know that if you have any charges on your HKID card, your HKID number is automatically red flagged on visa renewal and it's a pain in the neck (well time consuming delay). OP would just focus to timely apply for PR (4 weeks prior to), and not leave HK until the official PR card is in hand. Officially would overstay as you would definitely not be able to get a timely renewal with a charge.