Santa Claus is having difficulty obtaining a visa to enter Canada, according to sources close to Jolly Old St. Nick.
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Santa Claus is having difficulty obtaining a visa to enter Canada, according to sources close to Jolly Old St. Nick.

Sources close to Santa say he has been trying to obtain a visa for months, but has encountered numerous obstacles. “It’s just ridiculous,” said a frustrated Santa. “I’ve been coming to Canada for centuries, and now all of a sudden they won’t let me in?”

The problem, it seems, is that Santa doesn’t meet the requirements for a traditional tourist visa. “We require all applicants to have a stable job and a fixed residence,” said a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. “Santa’s North Pole workshop doesn’t exactly qualify as a permanent residence, and his job as a gift-bringer is a bit unconventional.”

Despite Santa’s best efforts, it looks like he may have to sit out this year’s holiday season in Canada. “I’m heartbroken,” said Santa. “I was looking forward to breaking into homes across the country. I hope the children of Canada can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

In the meantime, Canadian children will have to make do with whatever gifts they can find under their trees. “It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said one young boy before bursting into an ugly-cry. “But I guess we’ll just have to make do with what we have.”

I want to assure the public that my government is doing everything in our power to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

This news has sent shockwaves throughout the North Pole, with many wondering how Santa will be able to deliver gifts to all the good children in the world without being able to visit Canada. “We’re working on a contingency plan,” said one of Santa’s elves. “But it’s not going to be easy. We might have to rely on Canada Post or something.”

The Platypus reached out to the office of the Prime Minister and was provided with the following statement:

“As the Prime Minister of Canada, I understand the importance of Santa Claus to the holiday season and the joy he brings to children around the world. I am deeply concerned to hear about the difficulties that Santa has faced in obtaining a visa to enter Canada.”

“I want to assure the public that my government is doing everything in our power to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We value our relationship with the North Pole and recognize the vital role that Santa plays in spreading holiday cheer.”

“I want to personally apologize to Santa and all the children of Canada for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will continue to work diligently to find a solution and ensure that Santa can visit Canada as he has for centuries.”

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

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