Understanding the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirements for Australian Student Visa

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) is a statement or letter of validation of the genuine intentions of studying in Australia. It is one of the most important documents for students to submit before applying for studies in Australia. And if they don’t get it right, it can be a reason for their visa refusal. 

If you are in the education and migration consulting business, you should know how a proper GTE should be to facilitate your students/ clients with their visa approvals.

Let’s take a look to know about it better. 

What is Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

GTE is the reflection of a student’s genuine intentions to study in Australia which basically means that they don’t have any other motive than studying and getting a quality education in Australia. If the student’s intention is to work in Australia, then they won’t be granted a student visa based on their GTE.

This letter must be written by the student themselves. It should not be written by any family member or friends or even the migration agents. And it should always match their current level of English proficiency. Though, it can also be written in the student’s native language and later submit a translated copy.

What are the factors to consider when writing a GTE requirement?

Circumstances in the home country (Explain circumstance in the home country) 

The circumstances in the student’s home country including: 

  • Information about the student, their family members, and their current ties in their home country and their financial situation in the home country.

This can also include if there’s a gap in their study, any reason for that gap, the reason for not studying the same course in their home country.

Potential circumstances in Australia 

The second factor is the potential circumstances in Australia. This includes: 

  • If the students have any relatives in Australia.
  • Understanding of the course which they are planning to study.
  • The fee structure of that course.
  • Possible living arrangements in Australia.
  • The lifestyle in Australia.

Value of course to future 

The third factor is the value of course to the future of the student. This includes:

  • How relevant the course is to their previous study?
  • Will the proposed course of study will improve their skills, such as: 
    • How it could improve their future job prospect and pay scale?
    • What could be their expected salary in the home country after completing their studies in Australia? 

Immigration history

The immigration history of the student includes: 

  • If they have any previous travel history?
  • Any previous visa refusals for Australia or any other country?
  • Any previous visa cancellations?
  • Their travel history to Australia and if they have spent any time in Australia on a student visa. 
  • The amount of time spent previously in Australia on a student visa.

Work experience

If the student worked in their home country, you should include: 

  • The student’s work experience over there, including: 
    • What sort of job role the student was doing?
    • How long did the student work for? 
    • Is the student is currently working?
    • Why the student is leaving this job to study in Australia

If the student hasn’t worked at all, you can certainly skip this part or give an explanation about why they not working.

Source of income

Explain how the student will be funding their studies in Australia. This includes where your money is coming from, such as:

  • If the student has their own savings and can support themselves.
  • Sourcing from family members, e.g. your parents. 
  • Getting a student loan for their studies.


You can provide documents that are relevant to your student’s GTE. Some of the documents include: 

  • Academic transcripts, providing the student’s current qualifications
  • Bank statements proving the student has enough funds to support their studies in Australia
  • If the student is working, a reference from their current employer.

Now, these are some of the factors used when assessing your GTE requirements, but it’s important to understand that there could be some other factors that could be looked at by the case officer when assessing your GTE requirement.

To the point

The next tip is to keep it simple. Keep your paragraphs short and sweet. When writing this statement, don’t write in big paragraphs. Try to split those paragraphs into small paragraphs. Be specific. Now it’s a good idea if you can give specific examples rather than very generic ones. So instead of saying that it will improve your skills, explain what type of skills this course could improve. Give relevant and specific examples.


Lastly, be honest. That’s important that you tell your story honestly in this GTE statement because the case officers can work out in few minutes that whether you’re telling them the truth or a lie. After all, that is part of their job and that is the whole purpose of having a GTE to make sure that only genuine students are coming to study in Australia.

Do you find these tips useful for writing your Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

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