Australian Government announced on 22 September 2011 a suite of measures to enhance the competitiveness of Australia‘s international education sector. One of them is the implementation of GTE. The GTE requirement was introduced on 5 November 2011 and will help improve the integrity of the student visa program.
Question: Who is a genuine student?
Answer: Genuine student is someone who has real intentions to study only and who intends to obtain an educational degree from an Australian education provider. Factors that are considered under the existing requirement to be a genuine applicant for entry and study as a student include: English language proficiency; financial capacity; prerequisite schooling; age requirements; and intention to comply with visa conditions. There are no changes planned to the genuine student requirement.
Question: What is GTE?
Answer: Genuine Temporary Entrant- Australian Embassy is inviting applications of those students who have genuine intentions to study only with excellent English and who are clear on their future prospects. Embassy is looking for students who fulfil following criteria’s of GTE:
- The applicant’s circumstances in their home country
- The applicant’s potential circumstances in Australia
- The value of the course to the applicant’s future
- The applicant’s immigration history
- Any other relevant matters
Question: Why has GTE requirement has been implemented?
Answer: GTE requirement has been implemented such that only quality students get visa whose primary intention is to study and students who have intentions to study and want to stay in Australia on temporary basis.
Question: Who all come under GTE requirement?
Answer: GTE applies to all applicants including subsequent dependents and student guardians. GTE applies to all streamlined applications. GTE requires that students have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily.
Question: Will Student visa becomes harder under GTE requirement?
Answer: No student visa does not become harder, infact it is a step towards scrutinising the quality applications whose main motive is gaining quality education. Under GTE student will have to be very clear of their future plans and motive of staying in Australia.
Answer: The GTE requirement applies to all student visa subclasses.
Following are some examples which will be considered for GTE requirement:
- Student who have a sound reason of undertaking similar studies in Australia and not in home country
- Personal ties of the student in home country. How strong is his financial condition in the home country and whether that would serve as a reason to return to home country
- Economic circumstances of the applicant that would present as a significant incentive for the applicant not to return to their home country. This may include consideration of the applicant’s circumstances relative to the home country and to Australia.
- The applicant’s knowledge of living in Australia and their intended course of study and the associated education provider; including previous study and qualifications, an applicant could be expected to know and the level of research the applicant has undertaken into their proposed course of study and living arrangements.
- Course which the student has chosen is relevant to the previous studies and whether this will help the student in getting employment opportunities in home country.
- If student has got any previous rejections whether in Australia or in any other country.