A new Canadian stuck in Jamaica on a passport mixup received news Friday he could be home early next week.
Dwayne Thomas, who works at Northern Trailer, moved here in 2006 from the Caribbean country. He flew to his homeland Sept. 23 — the same day he received his Canadian citizenship.
His wife, Heather, said Friday Canadian border officials assured him it was OK to travel out of the country with his new temporary certificate of citizenship and his Jamaican passport.
Because he just received citizenship he could not apply earlier for his Canadian passport.
Thomas travelled to attend his grandmother’s funeral.
“He’s been back to Jamaica one other time — there was absolutely no issue,” Heather said. “That’s why we concluded it was OK.”
Dwayne had no problem travelling to Jamaica, but was stopped Tuesday when he tried to board the plane to come home.
Earlier this week, officials with the Canadian High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, warned it could take up to 22 business days to receive a passport — stranding him there and keeping him from work and his family, including two young girls.
But Heather said good news came this morning, following a national CBC story.
“He received a call this morning from the embassy. They’re saying it could be as early as Monday.”
Heather said the delay is made easier by the fact that her husband can stay with family in Jamaica while his passport is processed.