TYLER Scott has been living in Australia for the past 17 and a bit years.
But on Wednesday, April 19, he joined nine others from all over the globe in becoming an Australian citizen at the Kingaroy Town Hall.
Mr Scott was born in western Canada and moved to Australia after meeting his future wife, Kym.
"We worked together in a hotel in Banff,” he said.
Tyler attempted the paperwork a number of years ago, but it was sent back and re-submitting the forms slipped his mind.
"Honestly, red tape,” he said.
It took a planned family vacation to North America and the required documents to prompt another try.
"We were going to go on a big trip with the kids and I was going to try and get my Australian passport before we went,” Mr Scott said.
"It took longer than I expected.”
The family returned from their trip at the weekend and became Australian citizens the following Wednesday.
Mr Scott said it was the people that made the country appealing.
"It's a lovely culture and it's not as cold,” he said.