Immigration rules relaxed for Santa: Kenney

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 25, 2012....

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 25, 2012. (Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY)

MARK DUNN, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Santa Claus won't need proof of citizenship when he returns to the North Pole at some late hour after his Christmas Eve flight to deliver gifts around the world.

"As a Canadian citizen living in Canada's North, he may re-enter the country freely at the end of his international trip," Kenney said.

Canadians are required to prove their identities at border points or airports upon their arrival after trips outside the country.

Because Santa travels under several aliases, including Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and just plain Santa, Kenney says immigration officials have been instructed not to obstruct his arrival, or delay the nine reindeer pulling his sleigh.


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