What is a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

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What is a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

Pursuing higher studies in Australia, one of the most popular study destinations for international students, is a great way to advance your skills and career outlook. If you are planning to pursue a full-time course at an Australian University then you must fulfil the requirements for a GTE which is Genuine Temporary Entrant, proof of your intentions to study and not to look for staying back in Australia. Here’s all you need to know about a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).

Why is a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) required?

Those applying for an Australian Student visa must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to attain quality education only. It is an assessment that all international students are required to provide to demonstrate that they are visiting Australia only for educational purposes.

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Who needs to apply for a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

An international student whose only intention is to pursue a full-time course in Australia must apply and fulfil the GTE requirements.

How to submit a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

You must provide a personal statement in English addressing the GTE requirements. You can also write the personal statement in your native language and then submit a translated version with your application. However, it is recommended to submit the Statement in English. You must provide evidence for the information you include in your statement. Comprehensive statements unsupported by evidence will not be weighed heavily in the GTE assessment. 

Information and Evidence to Mention in a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement

It is recommended to include as much information and evidence as possible in your GTE statement to provide a full view of your situation. You must provide information including evidence to support your statements about:

Information to includeEvidence to support
Previous StudyAcademic transcripts showing qualifications achieved
Name of the education provider(s)
Length of study
Certificates of attainment
Gap in Previous Study if needed Reasons why there is a gap in your studies including where you did not maintain enrolment
Current Employment Your current employer
Company address
Period of employment
Details of your position
Name and contact details of someone who can confirm the circumstances of your employment
Ties to your native country/country of residence Proof of financial, family, or social ties. You need to show you have significant incentives to return home.
Economic Situation in your native country/country of residence Documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before lodging an application
Potential employment offers including salary and other benefits,  after the course, completion
Income tax returns or bank statements
Employment in a third countryPotential employment offers, including salary and other benefits, after course completion

After including all the above-mentioned information along with documents, you must close the GTE Statement with a personal declaration. The personal declaration must demonstrate that all the evidence and information provided by you is authentic. A GTE must be written precisely and honestly. Irrelevant reasoning without any proper evidence and plagiarism must be avoided.

How is it assessed?

A Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement is required to make sure the student visa program is used as intended. Your GTE Statement will be assessed through the following:

Assessment CriteriaConsideration
Situations in your Native Country/ Country of residenceReason for not studying in your home country or region if a similar course is available there
Ties to your native country that support an intention to return after studies are finished.
Economic situation
Military service commitments
Political and civil unrest in your native country
Potential Situation in AustraliaTies to Australia that present a strong incentive to stay in Australia
Level of knowledge of the proposed course and education provider
Previous study and qualifications
Planned living arrangements
Financial stability
Value of the course with reference to futureIf the course is consistent with your current level of education
If the course is relevant to past or proposed future employment in your home country or a third country
Expected salary and other benefits in your native country or a third country obtained with your qualifications from the proposed course of study
Immigration History Previous visa applications for Australia or other countries
Visa refusals or cancellations

GTE Australia Approval Time

Your whole visa application will be processed along with your legitimate temporary entrant. An application for a student visa typically takes 4 months to process. Since it would expedite the processing of your application if the department doesn’t need to request additional information that isn’t included in your GTE, you should provide as many details as you can in your GTE.

Will My Student Visa Be Refused if I Fail the Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement?

If the Immigration Office thinks you don’t really intend to stay in Australia for a short while, your student visa will probably be denied.

You won’t be given a student visa for Australia if anything in your employment history, immigration history, or study objective indicates that you won’t adhere to the terms of your visa. Your visa application is assessed as a whole.

Genuine Temporary Entrant Interview

Australian student visa candidates must attend a GTE interview led by a case officer. The GTE interview, often conducted through Skype, is another evaluation of your sincere desire to spend a short time studying in Australia.

The immigration officer will interview you about your decision to study in Australia rather than your home country, your plans for after graduation if you intend to continue your studies when your present programme is over, and other related topics. Remember to respond to the questions in accordance with the details in your GTE.

Get more information about questions asked in the GTE interview and how to answer them in the video given below.


What is a Genuine Temporary Entrant GTE?

A Genuine Temporary Entrant GTE is a statement of evidence that demonstrates your purpose of visiting Australia is only to attain education.

Is it necessary to provide the GTE Statement in English?

No. It is not mandatory to provide the Genuine Temporary Entrant GTE Statement in English. You can provide the statement in your native language and submit a translated version of your GTE.

Is GTE the same as the Statement of Purpose?

Both GTE and SOP are provided as a declaration of genuine intent to attain education in Australia.

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