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Published on December 24th, 2016 | by Flipside

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Christmas in the UK cancelled after Santa’s Tier 3 visa application rejected

Children across Britain are set to be disappointed this Christmas after Santa was denied entry to the UK at Dover.

UK immigration officials confirmed this evening (Sat) that Father Christmas had, had his Tier 3 visa application rejected and would be turned away at the border.

A government spokesman said that whilst the majority of Santa’s application was sound, it had been rejected because he had been unable to prove that there were no UK-based workers who could complete the work he was doing.

The tier 3 visa is designed for low-skilled workers filling specific temporary labour shortages.

Santa could now apply for a Tier 2 visa but this would likely be rejected unless he began charging families for the delivery of presents.

A government official said: “This government is proud of its record of providing British jobs for British workers and we will not be making an exception in this case.

“Santa can lodge an appeal under rule 123b.8 section 13 but this will not be processed until Tuesday due to bank holidays.

“He will then have to have a preliminary hearing in January where we check he is in good health and fit for his secondary hearing.

“At the secondary hearing we will decide if a full hearing will take place.

“If we decide to award him one, he will be invited to attend in around August next year, but he would first have to be apply for a Temporary Tier 18 sub visa, to get in to the UK for the hearing.”

Asked if Christmas would still be going ahead after the debacle, the spokesman said: “Christmas means Christmas.”

Edinburgh Flipside made contact with Santa via Twitter but our account was swiftly deleted and government henchmen are set to visit our offices tonight.

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