The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release Friday stating that it has issued an official application to the McDonalds US franchisee network to request the franchisee to process US passport applications from a single individual.
The application will be submitted via the United States Consulate General in the Philippines, which is located in the city of Cebu, located in Davao Oriental province.
The release said that the US Consulate has been working with the franchise to secure the franchisees’ cooperation to process the applications.
“The US Consular General in Manila has received an application to submit an application through the McDonald’s US franchise network to a single applicant, a US citizen, who is a McDonald’s franchisee,” the statement read.
The statement went on to say that the application will then be submitted to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in the US city of Washington.
The US Citizenship Bureau has not yet received the application, according to the release.
The announcement was made on Friday after McDonalds’ franchisee association, the McDonald Franchise Partnership, released a statement on Friday claiming that the company is in the process of revising its US passport application process to ensure that only a single franchisee will be allowed to process applications from an individual.
“McDonalds will now process passport applications only from one franchisee, not multiple franchisees,” the franchise alliance said in a statement.
“Our US franchisees will not be subject to the new requirements as outlined in the Department of Justice’s order, but they will be required to comply with other new guidelines,” it added.
“We are working diligently with our franchisees to expedite the application process, but we cannot do so while the DOJ is reviewing our application process.
We will provide updates as they become available.”
According to the franchise association, only one franchise will be permitted to process each US passport, and that the franchise will not have any affiliation with any specific entity or individual.
McDonalds does not have a presence in the Philippine city of Manila, where it operates restaurants.
“The new guidelines will result in an increase in the number of McDonalds franchisees in the United Kingdom and the United states, which will significantly increase the number and complexity of passport processing requirements,” the association said in the statement.
“While the new guidelines are expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2017, we have no information on when they will become fully implemented.”
The McDonalds petition, filed by the franchise, states that the new regulations will increase the burden on franchisees, and the US Government should not require franchisees and McDonalds to submit a separate application to a separate government entity.
The petition also stated that it was in compliance with the new rules.
“We have already complied with the DOJ’s order and will continue to comply,” a McDonalds spokesperson said in response to the announcement.
“As a McDonald of the United Nations, we support the rule of law and respect the rights of individuals to be able to conduct business without fear of persecution and retribution.”
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