As part of your Australian student visa application (subclass 500), you will need to provide a personal statement, in English, addressing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement.
This statement must be submitted with your visa application and you must explain that:
- You actually came to Australia to study and not for any other reason.
- You will only reside in Australia for the time allowed on your visa (and not overstay).
The GTE requirement relates to your student visa application. Depending on your field of study, you may also be eligible for a post-study work visa (subclass 485). If, after studying in Australia, you have developed the skills that Australia needs, you may also be eligible to apply for permanent residence.
Example of GTE letter to UNSW
Change the maximum word limit of GTE letter
In November 2022, the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs changed the word limit of GTE messages to a maximum of 300 words (with a 2,000 character limit).
The required evidence and information in the GTE letter
You will need to attach documents to your ImmiAccount that support your GTE statement.
We encourage you to provide as much evidence as possible, including:
- Previous study: Includes transcripts and academic certificates as well as details about your educational institutions.
- Study gaps: Explain any gaps/breaks between studies or incomplete courses.
- Employment: Outline details of your previous or current employment, including your company address, dates of employment, your role, and your employer’s contact details.
- Employment income of the applicant or financial sponsor: Provide proof of income 12 months prior to application, such as a tax return or bank statement.
- Potential future employment: Note any job offers upon completion of the course, including salary and other expected benefits.
- Financial, family or social ties: Outline the reasons why you would like to return home after your time in Australia.
To find out how your GTE will be assessed, click here.