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FCRA Registration governs under Foreign Control Regulation Act, 2010 under the Minstry of Home Affairs (MHA) which makes it mandatory for the NGOs to obtain the registration first before raising foreign donations or contributions. Two significant categories defined for FCRA registration are Regular Registration or Prior Permission. Regular Registration are applicable only to NGOs which are in existence atleast for 3 years, but however Prior Permission application can be filed by New NGOs as well.
- MOA of the Trust Deed and the Registration Certificate of Association.
- Activity report of the organization for the last three years.
- The audited statement issued by the accountant for the last three years.
- A JPG image of the president, a senior or a director
- A JPG image copy of the Seal of Association.
- NOC issued by the owner of the property.
- Water or Electricity Bill that is not more than two years old.
- Rent Agreement
The applicant is required to sign up and create an account in fcraonlinenic.in
Search for FC-3 form, open it, and sect your procedure, whether prior permission or regular registration.
Fill in all the requisite information correctly and submit the form on the portal. The applicant is required to pay registration fees, and the file number is generated after successful completion.
FCRA authorities are very strict in verifying the documents. They will also conduct physical verification of members and some telephonic interviews.
Approval of Application.
FCRA governs all the provisions regarding the application of FCRA registration, renewal of licenses, and other similar activities. It further helps NGOs to accept foreign contributions to carry out their social welfare operations.
No, the currency of donations doesn't matter. If the NGO is planning to receive foreign contributions, then it is required to seek approval from the MHA department and take FCRA Registration.
No, the above-stated case are regarded as commercial transactions and are therefore not treated as foreign contributions.
Initially, for filing a registration form, physical presence is not required. But when the officials arrive at the premises for verification, then the physical presence of the organization is required.
The timeline totally depends on the government. It is a long procedure and generally takes around 5-6 months to attain the approval.
Yes, an annual return is to be filed within 31st December.
Yes, a registration certificate is valid for the tenure of 5 years. Hence, the certificate is required to be renewed before expiry of the same.
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