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Student Visas: Replacing the GTE Requirement with Genuine Student (GS) Requirement

In a significant development, the Department of Home Affairs has announced a pivotal change concerning student visas (Subclass 500). The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is being replaced with the Genuine Student (GS) requirement, effective from 23 March 2024.

Key Changes:

  • The new GS requirement aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the applicant’s intentions and reasons for wanting to study in Australia.

  • It will delve into various aspects including family, community, employment, migration and economic circumstances.

  • Detailed examination of the choice of course and reasons for selecting Australia as a study destination will be integral.

Implications for Applicants:

For those who will lodge their student visa applications on or after 23 March 2024, the GS requirements will apply. Applications lodged before this date will be assessed according to the existing GTE arrangements.

Additional Information:

The student visa application form is being revised to require applicants to confirm that they:

  • Understand what it means to be a genuine student.

  • Have read, understood, and accept their student visa conditions.

  • Will notify the Department of Home Affairs of any changes occurring during their stay in Australia.

  • Understand the post-study visa pathways are limited. Those who are not eligible must leave Australia

The Department is making arrangements for these changes to be put in place by the due date. Further information should be published on the Department's website in the coming days.

Stay tuned for further updates as we continue monitoring these developments closely.

For more information please Contact Us or email

Elan Rysher is a Registered Migration Agent and Qualified Student Counsellor. He is the main Writer for ImmiUpdates and the founder of Rysher Migration. Elan has many years of experience working in immigration, finance and health. Being a former migrant himself, Elan is passionate about helping others fulfil their Australian dream.


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