Alvin Ignacio arrived in Broome from his native home in the Philippines in 2008 — on his own not knowing what to expect.
The 39-year-old was employed as a welder by a construction company under a sub-class 457 visa.
He toiled away in a foreign country in the hot and remote WA region while his wife Anadine, 39, their daughter Juanne, 12, and son Nicholas, 9, remained in the Philippines.
He became lonely as the weeks turned into months and asked his employer to help him try to move them to Broome.
“I came here on my own, then after three years of service my company gave me the opportunity to bring my family here,” he said.
“It was very sad living alone while my wife and two children were in the Philippines.”
They arrived in Broome in June 2010 and quickly adjusted to the Kimberley way of life.
The children attend Roebuck Bay Primary School and enjoy swimming at Cable Beach.
And four years after Alvin first set foot on the red pindan his dream is about to come true.
Mr Ignacio and his children will become Australian citizens on Australia Day.
His wife will have to wait another year because the period to become an Australian citizen is less for children aged under 18.
“We are very, very excited to be a part of the ceremony,” Mr Ignacio said.
“We have accustomed to the way of life here, which is very relaxed.“We love the afternoon teas and at the end of a hard days work, I can take the family down the beach for a swim.”
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