SCOTT Oliver and his family were supposed to be in WA for only 18 months, but almost seven years later, they will become citizens on Australia Day.
Mr Oliver, an engineer, came to Perth from Houston, Texas with his wife Cheryl and two daughters Kinsey and Erin in tow for a work project.
“I came over for an assignment for work that was supposed to go for a year and a half, but it got stretched out,” he said.
“The biggest driving factor for us staying and becoming citizens is our children have grown up here.
“They were 12 and 14 when we arrived and now one of them has graduated university and the other is in the middle of her university course.”
He said Perth was now home.
“I see Australia and the USA as cousins of the same family; there are some subtle differences,” he said.
“The weather is similar, but we get hotter temperatures in Perth.”
The Oliver family will take part in the city of Perth citizenships ceremony on January 26.