Citizenship Czech

Pavlina Ludvarova and Tomas Ludvar (front) with daughters Anna (20) and Marie (17) Ludvarova and sons Frantisek (9) and Tomas William (5). Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d413224
Pavlina Ludvarova and Tomas Ludvar (front) with daughters Anna (20) and Marie (17) Ludvarova and sons Frantisek (9) and Tomas William (5). Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d413224

Seven years after migrating to Australia from the Czech Republic, Tomas Ludvar and his wife Pavlina Ladvarova said they were looking forward to becoming Australians.

‘We wanted to change our lives and start a new life,’ he said.

The couple initially moved to Sydney on a study visa while Mr Ludvar learnt English, then later applied for permanent residency on an employer-nominated scheme.

They arrived with their first three children, Anna (now 20) and Marie (17) Ludvarova and Frantisek (9) Ludvar, then had a second son, Tomas William (5), in Australia.

‘We came here with three kids and no English knowledge. We sold the house ” we didn’t have a place to go back,’ Mr Ludvar said.

‘We came the legal way and the legal way is quite expensive to get here.’

His wife said they struggled in the beginning; they were unable to find a place to rent and lived out of three suitcases.

‘We moved from one hotel to a second hotel to third hotel,’ Mrs Ludvarova said.

‘I didn’t see my husband the whole time he was studying. The beginning was very hard.’

When Mr Ludvar’s working hours were reduced during the global financial crisis, the family struggled more but found help through the Salvation Army and a friend of the man they lived with.

A cabinet-maker by trade, Mr Ludvar brought his family to Perth two years ago after finding a job here and they are now looking forward to moving into their own house in Banksia Grove when is it finished later this year.