Students must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) that they are a Genuine Student and a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).

Home Affairs may ask them to provide more information or to attend an interview in order to determine whether they meet the criteria for grant of a visa. However, a decision may be made solely on the information provided in their application. It is therefore important that students lodge a complete application and provide a GTE statement with detailed responses to the following:

  • Reasons for choosing to undertake the course of study specified in their application
  • Reasons for choosing their education provider
  • Reason for choosing to study in Australia rather than in their home country
  • The relevance of their course of study to their academic and/or employment background
  • The relevance of the course to their future career/education plans
  • Their incentives to return home after completion of their studies

It is also important to provide an explanation of any gap between their studies or change to their area of study.