Tears of joy and happiness have filled the eyes of 25 new Australian citizens and their loved ones as they took part in the Lord Mayor ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House.
With a diverse background from 17 countries, the new Australians beamed as they took an oath and received their citizenship certificates.
Love was the first attraction for many of the new citizens in deciding to become fully-fledged Australians.
Spanish-born David Corrochano Carril met his Australian wife Shaye while she was working as an au pair in Madrid in 2013.
"Love was definitely the reason why I came to Australia and decided to stay here," Mr Corrochano Carril said in a statement.
"Seven years later, we are married and have a little family."
Working on a farm called 'Australia' at home in Colombia, Jan Suarez Murcia was inspired by the opportunity to learn English and travel, when love prevailed.
"I decided to migrate when I met my wife...and now my life is here as an Australian - from the farm in outback Colombia called Australia to the real thing," he said in a statement.
A large crowd filled with family, friends and well wishers joined the new Australians in the opera house's Utzon Room to watch Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcome Australia's newest citizens to the country.
Australian Associated Press