Teresa Giudice and Kids Can't Visit Joe in Prison for Christmas

Teresa Giudice & Kids

Can’t Visit Joe in Prison for Xmas

12/24/2017 1:00 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE

Teresa Giudice and her kids got a sad lesson about the crappy kind of red tape this holiday season … the kind that’ll keep them away from Joe Giudice for Christmas.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … the snag came last month when Joe was transferred from a federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey to another facility in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Teresa had to submit new visitor forms for her and the kids.

Problem is … the process that goes into approving the paperwork moves at a snail’s pace and won’t be ready until after Christmas.

Plan B for Teresa, her dad and the kids is a trip to Mexico. If all goes as planned, they’ll celebrate Christmas with Joe in the New Year.

Until then, homemade Christmas cards headed for Pennsylvania will do.