Hey, Find below tutorial video showing process of renewal of FCRA in Form FC3 as per amendments in FCRA rules 2015.
FCRA department has extended due date of Filling FC4 form – Annual Return from 31st December 2015 to 15th March 2016 for the financial year 2014-15.
As recently, FCRA Amendments Rules 2015 has been notified, all forms are changed and online filling is now mandatory. In the light of this changes, FCRA department has extended the FCRA annual return form FC4 filling date vide circular dated 22/12/2015,
- OLD DATE
- NEW DATE
From 14th December 2015, FCRA new rules comes into force. Ministry of Home Affairs, FCRA department has issued this notification. The first and major impact of such notification is to file FCRA renewal form again. Read this blog for more details.
Here we are trying to understand the changes in Rule,2015 through some graphical presentations.
1. First Change is Change in Forms
Forms nomenclature and details has been change in New Rules 2015. Kindly go to this link and click on “Sample Forms”. You can download all the forms from there for your reference. However, filling of forms in paper format or offline mode is not allowed.
FCRA Dos and Don’ts
As a crucial Act, an organization should take utmost care regarding FCRA. However, many myths prevails regarding what should be “Dos” and “Donts” regarding FCRA. Ministry of Home Affairs have clearly issued advisory in regard to this. You can download PDF from here. We try to make it simple and in Graphical Format. Lets Start with “Donts”
1. Do Not Mix Foreign Contribution with Domestic Receipts
- Bank accounts must be separate (obviously)
- Do not Transfer funds from FC Bank to NonFC (even Direct Bank Transfer)
- Books of Accounts must be separate.
- Keep Separate Cash Box (it shows good cash control system)
How do we know, what is the status of application of FCRA renewal ? This is the question, every organization is asking now a days. Yes, we all are waiting regarding any communication from MHA, FCRA department regarding FCRA renewal status.
What is current scenario?
As per our knowledge, no organization, throughout India has received any Renewal or Query Letter from MHA, FCRA department.
How to check FCRA Renewal Status?
No such mechanism prescribed or available right now online to check where your application is lying. Keep visiting our blog for any new news.
Time limit for FCRA Renewal?
As per section 16 (3) of FCR Act, 2010, renewal certificate should be issued withing 90 days from the date of the application received.
“The Central Government shall renew the certificate, ordinarily within ninety days from the date of receipt of application for renewal of certificate . . . .
Provided that in case the Central Government does not renew the certificate within the said period of ninety days, it shall communicate the reason thereof to the applicant”
What to do now?
Organization can email to the FCRA department to firstname.lastname@example.org email address (this email address mention on the fcraonline.nic.in website) with the details on which date you apply for renewal and DD no etc..
If you get any communication from FCRA department regarding renewal or any queries, kindly post in the comment so it will be useful to other readers of this blog. Thanks.
Making all FCRA services online
FCRA department is in the process of making all the procedures online. (read this blog), previously asked NGOs to have digital signatures of Chief Functionary. Yesterday, FCRA department has issued notification dated July 28, 2015 (download it from here) stating that in order to making all FCRA services online, instructed NGOs to go on FCRA portal and update their details.
Which Procedures becoming online?
- Application for FCRA registration
- Application for Prior Permission
- Application for renewal of FCRA
- Change Application for Name of Association
- Change Application for Address of Association
- Change Application for Bank Account of Association
- Filling Annual Return
Attachments to any applications
All the documents and attachments for the above procedures will also to be uploaded in scan copies. No hard copies of such documents accepted by FCRA department.
Payment of Fees
After everything will be online, payment of fees for above procedures will also be accepted only through online payments.
As mentioned in the above notification, after 15 to 20 days all the procedure will be online.
Immediate action to be taken by NGO – Very Important
FCRA department instructed NGOs to update their information –
1) Go to this link – http://fcraonline.nic.in/dat_col_frame.aspx
2) Enter your FCRA Registration No. , State and District (see below image)
3) Update all the information and save data (see image below)
Do you have any grievances related to FCRA ? . The answer to this question is YES, then you can now meet Director (FCRA) in Foreigners Division of Ministry of Home Affairs. FCRA department has issued a circular recently stating monthly meeting by Director (FCRA) on 5th of every month for redress of organization’s grievances related to Registration / Prior Permission etc.. (Download Circular from here)
How to meet ?
Organization having any grievances related to FCRA have to take prior appointment.
How to take appointment ?
Email your grievances to email@example.com
Details to be email
Following details to be mentioned in the email stating for appointment :
- Name and Address of the association
- Name of the person desirous to attend the meeting
- Application Number
- Issue of Discussion
When and where ?
Room No 104/1, 1st Floor, NDCC-II Building, Ministry of Home Affairs, Jai Sing Road, New Delhi – 110001 on 5th of every month (or on the following working day if 5th happens to be holiday) between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on appointment basis.
After a circular regarding DSC of chief functionary, FCRA Department has issued a circular on 17th June 2015, (Download from here)asking for suggestion on amendments to Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules, 2011 by Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules (2015).
THIS IS A DRAFT AMENDMENTS and suggestions or comments asked from public and other stakeholders on or before 1st July, 2015.
We are in the process of analyzing and studying all the changes in the amendments and it impacts. Meanwhile let us see important changes which are suggested in the amendments of FC Rules :
Website will become mandatory
After this amendments, every NGOs with FC registration will have to build a website. No, it is not declared directly as mandatory. But changes made to Rule 13(1) stating that every registered organization has to publish audited Income Expenditure, Receipt Payments and Balance Sheet of Foreign contribution to its website before 31st December of every year. Such website has to be declared as official website and is to be informed to FCRA department.
Have to publish Foreign Receipt within 7 days
Yes, you have to publish to your official website, every foreign receipts within seven days of receipts. Refer rule 13(B) of such draft amendments.
Bank will have to report in 48 hours
Bank will have to report of FCRA department within 48 hours of any transactions in respect of receipt and utilization of any foreign contribution. Refer rule 16 (2) of such draft amendments.
We have already write a blog stating how FCRA department is eager to implement all the online procedure. Here in this amendments it is clearly mention that now onwards all the forms will be filled online through DSC and also you can make payment through online payment gateway.
Change in Forms
All the form numbers will be changed e.g. Annual Return Form FC-6 now become FC-4. Not only form numbers, but details and information given in the forms will also changed. We will soon post a blog showing what changes will be made in Forms.
You can give Suggestions
FCRA department has asked for suggestions on the above mentioned amendments from public. You can give your suggestions by email to Mr. A.K. Dhyani, Under Secretary to the Government of India on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively you can give your suggestion in the comment box below. We will compile all the suggestions and email to the authority.
Note – This amendments are draft and not final. This will be implemented only after FCRA Rule, 2015 published in the Official Gazzette.