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Prepare for Visa Interview

GTE assessment (Genuine Temporary Entrant) is an important part of the Australian student visa requirement. To assess the GTE the visa officer may call at anytime to conduct an interview with the student. The interview is an important and often the final step prior to the final confirmation of student visa approval or rejection .

Your interview could fasten or delay your visa processing. Therefore, it is crucial that you prepare for the interview and address all concerns of the visa officer.

Quite often cases officer wants to discuss with a prospective student the reason, why he or she wants to study in Australia. This verification is done by asking a few of questions and going over your documents.

The following are some of the important questions that the visa office may ask during the interview:

WHY Australia?

  • Why do you wish to study in the Australia and not in your home country?
  • Have you ever been to Australia?


  • What course are you going for?
  • Why did you select this course? Is it relevant to your previous studies?
  • What is the course structure & contents?
  • Why don't you do this course in your country?
  • What is the course commencement & ending date?
  • What will be the total cost of living per year?
  • Where will you stay in Australia?


  • Where did you do your last course of study?
  • What is your specialization?
  • What is your High School, Degree or Master's percentage or grade?
  • What are your subjects in last course of study (High School, Degree or Master's)?


  • Which university are you planning to go to?
  • Can you tell me some details about your university?
  • Why have you chosen this specific university?
  • Can you tell me the location of the university/college?
  • Why not other universities?


  • Tel me about your job experience and description of the job? (if applicable)
  • (If you are currently working) Why are you leaving your current job?

Some quick tips that will help you during a visa interview:

  • Stay calm and relaxed
  • Be confident. This is a survival skill you need to equip yourself with if you are heading out to new country to live and study, and this is a good time to start practicing it.
  • Learn to punctuate your conversation with these very important words: Hello / Hi; how are you; thank you; and sorry.


Uni2go advise all the students to be truthful in their visa interview. The example here only serves as a guide. The actual visa interview questions may differ

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