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New Genuine Student Requirement: Your questions answered!

By March 28, 2024News

New Genuine Student Requirement

On 23 March 2024, the Department of Home Affairs adopted a new Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

We have summarised the changes for you.


Australia’s Department of Home Affairs adopted a new Genuine Student (GS) requirement to replace the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) on March 23rd, 2024.

Will my Student Visa Application be affected by the New Genuine Student Requirement?

All student visa applications submitted after 23 March 2024, will be assessed against the new Genuine Student (GS) test.   Applications submitted before this date will still be assessed against the previous Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria

What is evidence of genuine temporary entrant requirement?

What evidence and information to include

We encourage applicants to provide evidence or information about:

Previous study​​

This includes:

  • Academic transcripts showing qualifications achieved
  • Name of the education provider(s)
  • Length of study
  • Certificates of attainment

Previous study in Australia​​​

This includes:

  • A complete history of study record(s) in Australia
  • Reasons for change of course and/or education providers
  • Details of information on course progress
  • Study gaps of more than 2 months during an academic year
  • Any other information the applicant considers relevant to their study record in Australia

Current employment​​

This includes:

  • Details of their current employer and company address
  • Period of employment
  • Details of position held
  • The name and contact details of someone who can confirm the circumstances of the declared employment

Circumstances in their home country or coun​try of residence

This includes:

  • The nature of the applicant’s personal ties eg. example family, community and employment. They will need to provide reasons for not studying in their home country if a similar course is available.

Economi​c circumstances in home country or country of residence

This includes:

  • Documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before lodging an application
  • Potential employment offers including salary and other benefits, after course completion
  • Income tax return or bank statements

If there is political and civil unrest and military service commitments in the applicant’s home country that would present as a significant incentive for them to leave their home country, they must provide their reasons and supporting evidence.

What are the main difference between GTE and GS?

The main change implemented by the new GS assessment is to allow international students demonstrate an intenion to migrate to Australia or work in a country other then their home country following completion of their studies. It removes the need to demonstrate an inteniton to return home after course completion.

What are the new Genuine Student rules for Australian student visa applications?

To apply for a n Australian student visa you will now need to show that you are a genuine student. You must stay as a student and be able to show an understanding that studying in Australia is the primary reason for your. The Genuine Student (GS) requirement is intended to include students who, after studying in Australia, develop skills Australia needs and who then go on to apply for permanent residence.

To be granted a student visa, you must now satisfy the genuine student criterion by providing written statements and documents to support your application.

What are the 3 main requirements to get and maintain a student visa in Australia?

The Genuine Student (GS) assessment focuses on your intention to genuinely study in Australia. It considers factors including your:

  • personal circumstances
  • immigration history
  • compliance with visa conditions and any other relevant matter.