GTE Requirements to Study in Australia

The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for Australia is an integrity assessment that all applicants for a student visa must provide to substantiate that they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education and intend to use the student visa program for its intended purpose only.

Most Australian universities have their own set of assessments and once you have cleared their GTE assessment then they will issue you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). With this confirmation of enrollment, you can then progress to applying for a student visa.

GTE is a very important factor based on which the decision of your application is made. If you clear this step then your student visa for Australia is successful. But you fail to meet the GTE criteria your application could be refused.

To satisfy the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, your individual circumstances must Demonstrate that you genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily to gain an education. The factors that are considered during assessment of the GTE requirement include:

      • your personal circumstances in your home country

     • your potential circumstances in Australia

     • the value of the program to your future 

     • your immigration history, and 

     • any other matter that is relevant to your intention to remain in Australia temporarily.

If you are under18 years of age, the intentions of your parent, legal guardian or spouse will also be considered. The information provided in your visa application and supporting documentation will be used by the visa officer to assess your student visa application. You may be requested to provide additional information in relation to the factors set out above.

For further information, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.

The visa officer will need to understand your current personal circumstances, the circumstances that led to you decide to study in Australia, and your future intentions. All applicants must provide a personal statement (Statement of Purpose – SOP) in English addressing the GTE requirement. 

Preparing a Statement of Purpose

To help with your SOP, we have provided some suggestions here. Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) or personal statement must cover or include the following:
Personal circumstances in home country
• Provide details of  your family compisition in your home country, including the number of dependents you have (if any)
• Provide details of your family’s income and employment, including details of any property and investments you have


Previous study details and reasons for any gap 

• Provide full details of  your previous study

• Provide details of  any gap in your studies f more than six months and an explanation of what you were doing during these gaps (if any). 


Details of your intended course or program 

• Provide details of your proposed course of study and how this will benefit you in your future goals

• Provide details of any other connections you have to your home country, including any employment you may return to or other roles may you have in your home country. details of  any gap in your studies f more than six months and an explanation of what you were doing during these gaps (if any). 

• If your intended program is not related to your previous study or employment, explain the reason for the change in career

Reasons why you chose Australia and the particular institute or university 

• Provide an explanation for why you chose to study in Australia and at the institute or university specifically

• Provide details of any research you undertook in making your decision to study in Australia and at this institute or university specifically.
Potential circumstances in Australia

• Provide details of any family members living in Australia, including their current visa status and any employment they currently have 

• If you will be accompanied by a spouse and/or children to Australia, provide details on what they will do in Australia and how you will support them financially
Immigration history 
• Provide details of any travel you have undertaken to Australia or any other country, including any overseas study or work experience you have
• If you have been refused a visa for any country, provide details of the refusal.

*Note: The SOP must be written by you (the student), not an agent, friend or family member, as it’s important that it matches your current English language ability. You should provide evidence to support the claims made in your Statement of Purpose as this speeds up the visa process