My boss submitted paper work for my new ARC (not renewal) a day or two before Chinese New Year. Received that back about mid March (about four weeks) including the CNY week.
One more week at the Foreign affairs office to get the visa in the passport.
And then it’s off to the police station to get the ARC (which should take another week.)
My current ARC ran out during the week my stuff was at the Foreign affairs office, so we went to the police station and they happily extended my current ARC for one month. (had to do this immediatley, not wait until it ran out)
I have had good experiences with these departments.
The only problem I had was with the British Trade and Council Office. I paid an extra 1,000 NT for express post (British passport renewal has to go to HK), but I received my passport back about a month after the renewal date in my passprt. Must have been sitting on someone’s desk for a few weeks.
Apart from the fact that I paid the extra 1,000NT, it delayed everything and caused a lot of extra work and stress extending ARC’s etc. (and the extension cost me another 2,000 NT grrr!!
Otherwise everything went pretty well.