Who is a Genuine Temporary Entrant?

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As the world adapts to the new COVID-19 era, visas for international applicants are once again available. If you are applying for a student visa to study in Australia, you will come across the term Genuine Temporary Entrant ‘GTE.’

GTE, or genuine temporary entrant, means a person who satisfies the genuine temporary entrant criterion for a student visa or student guardian visa application. Its purpose is to ensure the student visa program is not a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.

Anyone who applies for a ‘Student Visa Subclass 500’ must demonstrate to the Department of Immigration that they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education. The Department of Immigration needs to be convinced that you will return to your home country upon completing your education here.

This does not mean you can never utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period or even permanently. Still, it does mean that while on a student visa, your intention must be to leave the country once your studies are complete.

A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student. An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to enter and remain in Australia temporarily. 

A Genuine Temporary Entrant Statement allows you to provide information to the department which demonstrates you meet the relevant criteria. The genuine temporary entrant criterion refers to clauses 500.212(a), 500.312(a) and 590.215(a) in Schedule 2 of the Regulations. 

The genuine temporary entrant criterion for student visa applications requires the Minister to be satisfied that the applicant intends genuinely to stay in Australia temporarily, having regard to:

  • the applicant’s circumstances; 
  • the applicant’s immigration history; 
  • if the applicant is a minor — the intentions of a parent, legal guardian, or spouse of the applicant; 
  • any other relevant matter

What evidence and information can be included in your Genuine Temporary Entrant Statement:

Previous study and gaps at an earlier study with a list of all your previous education with supporting evidence. Any gaps in your research will need to be explained.

Current employment, including the business address, work period, and job description. 

Ties to the home country or country of residence are crucial. You will need a significant incentive to return home. This could include familial or social ties, evidence of assets in your home country, or financial situation.

The economic situation in your home country with evidence of employment opportunities and potential employment offers after completing your course. Employment in a country other than your home country after your education will be considered and can be included.

The Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement helps the department identify applicants using the student visa program for motives other than gaining a quality education.

Stephens & Tozer Migration team have assisted many genuine students in successfully applying for ‘Student Visa Subclass 500’. It is imperative to ensure that all the Regulation criteria are satisfied by providing thorough and accurate documentation.

We find that genuine temporary entrants are often denied their application for a student visa because of poor preparation, which becomes very difficult to rectify.

Mariel Hunt specialises in assisting clients with Genuine Temporary Entrant Statements. She and the Stephens & Tozer team are happy to help you. 

Contact our team for all your student visa requirements on 07 3034 3888 or email info@stephenstozer.com.au 

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