Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

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 are some excerpts from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website:

All applicants for a Student visa must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education. The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is not intended to exclude students who, after studying in Australia, develop skills Australia needs and who then go on to apply for permanent residence.

The GTE requirement is used to make sure the student visa program is accessed as intended. The student visa program is not a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.

The GTE requirement helps identify applicants who are using the student visa program for motives other than gaining a quality education.

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.

Cambridge College 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.