Updates to the Genuine Student Requirement:

The Australian Government has amended & replaced the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for students visas with a Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

NOTE – this is effective for student visa applications lodged on & after 23 March 2024. This requirement does NOT apply to student visa applications lodged prior to 23 March 2024. For applications lodged prior, the Australian government will continue to assess these applications against the GTE requirement.

All applicants for student visa’s must be genuine – they must also stay as a student and be to show an understanding that studying in Australia is the primary reason behind their student visa. The GS requirements are intended to include students who (after studying in Australia), develop skills Australia needs and who then go on to apply for PR.

To be granted a student visa, all applicants must show they satisfy the genuine student requirements OR the genuine student dependent requirements. In the online application form, students will be asked the following questions:

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

Answers must be in English, with a maximum of 150 words per question. There's an additional question for applicants who have previously held a student visa or are applying in Australia from a non-student visa. In addition to completing the application form, applicants must attach supporting documents to their ImmiAccount.

NOTE - Generic statements without evidence are not heavily considered in the Genuine Student assessment. Providing evidence to support claims is crucial.

Evidence to Include:

Previous Study • Academic transcripts showing qualifications achieved.
• Name of the education provider
• Length of study
• Certificates of attainment
Previous study in Australia • Complete history of study records in Australia
• Reasons for change of course/education providers.
• Details of information on course progress
• Study gaps of more than 2 months during academic year
Current employment • Details of their current employer & company address
• Period of employment
• Details of positions held.
• Name & contact details of someone who can confirm the circumstances of the declared employment.
Circumstances in their home country or country of residence • Nature of applicant’s personal ties – they will need to provide reasons for not studying in their home country IF a similar course is available.
Economic circumstances in home country or country of residence • Documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before lodging an application.
• Potential employment offers including salary & 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.
Situations in their home Country • Nature of the applicant’s personal ties to their home country
• Economic circumstances
• Military service commitments political and civil unrest in their home country.
Potential situation in Australia • Level of knowledge of the proposed course and education provider
• Previous study and qualifications
• Planned living arrangements.
• Financial stability.
Value of the course to their future • If the course is consistent with their current education and if the course will assist them to obtain employment or improve employment prospect in their home country.
• If the course is relevant to past or proposed future employment in their home country.
• Expected salary and other benefits in their home country obtained with the applicants’ qualifications from the proposed course of study.
Immigration History

• Visa and travel history for Australia and other countries
• Previous visa applications for Australia or other countries
• Visa refusals or cancellations

If the applicant is a minor, we consider the intentions of the parent, legal guardian, or spouse. 


If you have any questions or concerns about the updates to the Genuine Student Requirements, please don't hesitate to contact IME Advisors!