Those applying for an Australian student visa must fulfil Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements. This is also obligatory for other temporary visas. A complete GTE will improve your chances of getting a visa to Australia.
What Is a GTE?
A GTE is a declaration by the visa applicant that they intend to stay in Australia only temporarily. This is required for many temporary visa applications, including student visas. The GTE assessment looks at factors such as the applicant’s reasons for wanting to come to Australia, their ties to their home country, and their ability to support themselves financially while in Australia.
If you can show that you meet the GTE requirements, your application will be more likely to be genuine and temporary. This will increase your chances of being granted a Student Visa.
How Can You Prove That You Are a Genuine Temporary Entrant?
There are a few ways you can show that you are a GTE. Listed below are some methods you can use.
1. Explain Why You Want to Study in Australia
You must provide evidence of your reasons for wanting to study in Australia. This can include your academic record, letters of recommendation, and plans for after you finish your studies.
2. Show You Have Ties to Your Home Country
You must prove that you have ties to your home country that will ensure you return after your studies. This can include family ties, employment prospects, and property ownership.
3. Prove Financial Means to Support Yourself During Your Studies
You must show that you have the financial means to support yourself during your studies. This can include bank statements, sponsorship letters, and evidence of scholarships or other financial aid.
How Long Will It Take to Get Approved for GTE?
Generally, the processing time for a GTE application is around 4-6 weeks. However, this may vary depending on the individual case and the country where the application is being processed. The best way to be sure your application is processed quickly is to provide all the required information and documents upfront.
How Should You Write a Genuine Temporary Entrant Letter for a Student Visa?
Write your GTE in a typical letter format. Start with greetings and a proper introduction. After that, you can make your case on why you should be approved to study in Australia and your personal situation. Be as specific with your statements as you can, as generic ones won’t work here. Remember to keep your tone polite. Finish the letter with salutations and include your contact information and address. Here are some specifics you should address in your letter:
1. A Brief Introduction
You must include your name, age, and where you live.
2. Academic History
Provide information regarding what you have studied and the university you went to. Include all the essential courses you have taken and if you’re still studying, mention how many semesters you have completed and how many more you have left before you finish. Also, explain why you want to make the trip and study in Australia.
3. Why You Want to Take Your Chosen Course
Share why you believe you need to take the course you have chosen and how it relates to your area of training or professional experience (if any). Briefly discuss the subjects you’ll study and why those will contribute to your career. You must also highlight why you should study abroad, not in your country.
4. Who will pay for Your Education and Stay in Australia?
It would be best to discuss how you will pay for your studies and where the money will come from. Will your parents pay for your education and your stay in Australia? Are you a recipient of a scholarship? You need to share detailed information to show that you can pay for your stay and studies.
5. What Are Your Goals Upon Returning to Your Country?
This section of your GTE will show your intention to use your education in Australia when you return to your home country. It will be a red flag if you have no ties to your country of origin or objectives for when you return. Therefore, you should let the authorities know what you plan to do professionally when you return to your country, whether to return to your current job, take another course (master’s, or doctorate, for instance), or others.
6. Provide evidence
Statements made in your GTE letter must always be supported with evidence. If you mention that you have a job offer back home, have completed this or that degree in the past, own a property, etc… Then you must attach evidence for all your statements.
Evidence must be in English or accompanied by an accredited translation.
7. What is not Compliant with GTE Requirements?
One of the best ways to succeed in any application with the GTE is to understand the most common reasons someone might get rejected. These include but are not limited to:
- Applying to stay in Australia longer;
- Failing to substantiate claims made in the GTE letter with appropriate documentation (websites, transcripts, deeds of property, job offers, and so on);
- Leaving relevant information out of your application.
8. Will Your Student Visa Be Refused If You Fail the GTE Requirement?
Unfortunately, your student visa will be refused if the Immigration Office deems you have no honest intention to only stay temporarily in Australia. Remember that your visa application is assessed as a whole component, so every part of your letter, your education, your purpose, your employment history, and others, should be satisfactory.
To be eligible for an Australian student visa, applicants must demonstrate that they are genuine temporary entrants and that their reasons for wanting to study in Australia are valid and authentic. This is a requirement for many temporary visas, and submitting a complete and accurate GTE assessment is essential for increasing your chances of being granted a visa.