Any individual, HUF, Association, company registered under sec 8 of the Companies Act 2013 desirous of receiving any foreign contributions are required under Sec 11(1) of the Act to get itself registered. The Registration is valid for a period of 5 years subsequent to which application for renewal has to be applied for. The application for registration is made in Form FC-3 while as for prior permission its FC-4. Both these applications are to be addressed to Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs and it takes approximately 90 days for the clearance to be given. The Ministry is empowered to reject the applications on various grounds like incorrect/non-disclosure of information in the application etc. but after an opportunity is given to the concerned applicant to be heard. An applicant once rejected cannot apply afresh for the next 3 years.
As the ministry receives applications from across the country, many’er times organizations that donot have office in Delhi and their representatives have to travel great distances to pursue their applications at the ministry on various dates making them bear the entire cost of travel and logging.