A couple of weeks back Ministry of Home Affairs had further extended the date for FCRA renewal to 30th June 2016. However, they had not made it clear whether the validity of FCRA registrations expiring on 30th April 2016 would also stand extended.
Happily, Ministry of Home Affairs, FCRA Wing, has issued Notice dated: 29th March 2016 clarifying that registration certificate of all the associations whose registration certificates are expiring on or before 30th September, 2016 stand extended up to 31st October, 2016.
Also, as notified earlier, the due date for applying for renewal of registration has also been extended up to 30th June, 2016.
For those who are still confused … FCRA 1976 was repealed and replaced by FCRA 2010 which came into effect on 1st May 2011. FCRA 1976 did not require registered associations to apply for renewal every 5 years, however, FCRA 2010 did. Thus, registration of all associations which were registered before FCRA came into force (i.e.: 1st May 2011) would cease after five years (i.e.: 30th April 2016) unless renewed by due process.
Throughout the year 2015 there was panic and confusion and many had filed the then renewal Form FC 5 as far back as in April 2015.
Around mid-December 2015, MHA introduced the Foreign Contribution (Amendment) Rules 2015 which changed all the forms and made all processes mandatorily online. These changes were initiated with a view to streamline all procedures and eliminate human interface. Frankly, we feel MHA has done well. Their website is very user-friendly and the information provided is exhaustive yet simple to understand.
All associations who have already applied for renewal in Form FC 3 need not worry if they do not receive their FCRA renewal before 1st May 2016. The validity of all FCRA registrations now stand extended up to 31st October 2016.
Also, all associations whose registration certificates are expiring on or before 30th September, 2016 can apply for renewal up to 30th June, 2016.