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March 22, 2024


Recently, the Australian government has replaced the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement with the Genuine Student (GS) requirement for student visa applications submitted on or after 23 March 2024. This change aims to ensure that students genuinely intend to study in Australia and contribute positively to the country. Let’s delve deeper into what this new requirement entails.

The Genuine Student (GS) Requirement

The GS requirement emphasizes the importance of applicants being genuine students who genuinely intend to study in Australia. This includes demonstrating a clear understanding that their primary reason for obtaining a student visa is education-related and that they will comply with visa conditions.

Key Points of the GS Requirement

  1. Genuine Intention to Study: 

Applicants must demonstrate a sincere desire to study in Australia.

  1. Compliance: 

They must understand and adhere to visa conditions, focusing on their education while in Australia.

  1. Contribution: 

The GS requirement aims to include students who, post-study, can contribute valuable skills to Australia and may apply for permanent residence.

Addressing the GS Criteria

Online Application Questions

The student visa application form includes specific questions to assess the GS criteria. These questions cover various aspects, including:

  • Current circumstances, including family ties, community involvement, employment, and economic situation.
  • Reasons for choosing a course in Australia, understanding course requirements, and benefits of completing the course.
  • Relevant information that the applicant considers important.

Supporting Evidence

Applicants are encouraged to provide evidence related to:

  • Previous academic achievements, including transcripts and certificates.
  • Study history in Australia, if applicable, including reasons for course changes and gaps.
  • Current employment details, including employer information and period of employment.
  • Personal ties and economic circumstances in their home country.

How GS is Assessed

Factors Considered in Assessment

The GS assessment considers various factors, such as:

  • Personal circumstances, immigration history, and compliance with visa conditions.
  • Situations in the applicant’s home country, including reasons for not studying locally and economic conditions.
  • Proposed situations in Australia, including knowledge of the course, living arrangements, and financial stability.
  • Course value to the applicant’s future, including employment prospects and relevance to past or proposed future employment.

Immigration History

The assessment also looks into the applicant’s visa and travel history, previous visa applications, refusals, or cancellations.


The Genuine Student (GS) requirement is a crucial aspect of Australian student visa applications. It ensures that applicants genuinely intend to study in Australia, comply with visa conditions, and contribute positively to the country. Understanding and addressing the GS criteria with supporting evidence is essential for a successful visa application.

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