International students walking in Darwin Waterfront
22 March 2024

Changes to student visas – new “Genuine Student” requirement replaces GTE

The Australian Department of Home Affairs is making changes to student visa applications (Subclass 500) as part of the recent migration review. Here’s what you need to know:

The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is being replaced with a new Genuine Student (GS) requirement. Applicants are now required to answer the following questions: 

  • Give details of the applicant’s current circumstances. This includes ties to family, community, employment and economic circumstances. 
  • Explain why the applicant wishes to study this course in Australia with this particular education provider. This must also explain their understanding of the requirements of the intended course and studying and living in Australia.
  • Explain how completing the course will be of benefit to the applicant.
  • Give details of any other relevant information the applicant would like to include.

Answers must be written in English, with a maximum of 150 words per question. 

These changes come into effect for any applications lodged after 23 March 2024. Prior applications are still assessed according to the GTE. 

For more information on the Genuine Student requirement, please check the Department of Home Affairs website or seek professional advice.