Genuine Temporary Entrant
The Australian government requires applicants for student visas to demonstrate that they intend to use the student visa program for its intended purposes, that is, that they will enter Australia temporarily in order to complete one or more courses of study, and subsequently return to their home country. The student visa program is not a valid pathway to obtain ongoing residency in Australia.
Here is an excerpt from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website:
The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure to ensure the student visa program is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.
The GTE requirement provides a useful way to help identify those applicants who are using the student visa program for motives other than gaining a quality education. An applicant needs to show they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education. The GTE requirement is not designed to exclude those students who, after studying in Australia, go on to develop the skills required by the Australian labour market and apply to obtain permanent residence.
The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants. An applicant must provide a personal statement in English addressing the GTE requirement. Where an applicant is not comfortable writing their statement in English, it can be written in their own language, however, a translated copy must be submitted. An applicant can provide details within the application form, or attach a written statement along with supporting documents. Generic statements unsupported by evidence will not be weighed heavily in the GTE assessment.
Findings on the GTE requirement are not made on the basis of one factor alone. All of an applicant’s personal circumstances are considered before a decision is made and we place weight based on a number of factors. When assessing whether an applicant is a genuine temporary entrant, the Department considers their circumstances as a whole. Ministerial Direction 69 sets out a number of factors that are taken into account in determining whether an applicant meets the GTE requirement.
When you apply for a student visa, you need to demonstrate that you are a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).
The form on this page is designed to assist you in making a GTE statement.
Before you begin:
- Read the DHA page in full
- Read Ministerial Direction 69
- Research the GTE online. There is much useful information available, for example
- Collect documentary evidence that demonstrates:
- The benefits of your intended course(s) of study
- Your ongoing commitment to return to your home country
- Your financial capability to maintain yourself and any dependents while you are in Australia
Please note that the GTE statement MUST NOT be written by an agent or a family member or any other person on behalf of the applicant.
Skills Institute Australia CANNOT assist you in composing your GTE statement.
The following form may help you addressing the criteria required by the DHA. When you submit the form, a copy will be sent to the email address that you provide.