What is the new Genuine Student Requirement? Is it different from the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

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GSR Vs GTE Australia

Gone are the days of long essays. Students will no longer have to worry about writing a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) letter to get their Australian student visas. The new Genuine Student Requirement has replaced the GTE on the 23rd of March, 2024, and will make writing an application more simple and straight-forward.

Is the GSR really different from the GTE requirements?

In essence, no. The GSR is not different from the GTE requirements, as both are structured to find out the following aspects about a student applicant:

  • Student’s current circumstances (family ties, community and influences, economic situation, employment status)
  • Student’s real intention to study in Australia
  • Student’s actual reasoning behind choosing a particular course and education institute
  • Student’s understanding of how the course will be relevant to their future plan
  • Reasons for not seeking a similar course in student’s home country
  • Student’s intention to not misuse their student visa as a way to extend their stay in Australia
  • Visa, travel or immigration record of the student (if any)

In addition, as per the Department of Home Affairs, the GSR assessment will pay special attention to a student’s intention to pick courses that will allow them to gain expertise in the relevant skills that are needed for the Australian workforce in the future. Student’s will also be assessed on the basis of whether they can convey a true potential to apply for permanent residency later on, as long as they can add the relevant skills to strengthen the Australian economy.

Well, if the GSR is so similar to the GTE requirements, where does it differ?

The answer lies in the format. While the GTE letters used to be actual letters addressing either the visa officer directly or the Australian High Commision, which often led the students towards a tendency to write lengthy essays about the aforementioned criteria, the GSR will be a set of very direct and specific questions.

One of the main advantages of the GSR questions is that students will know exactly what they are being asked. Therefore, student’s will have a better understanding about how to answer each question.

Secondly, there is a strict word limit of 150 words for each of these questions. That means, students will not have to be too worried about their literature, or simply, invent irrelevant gibberish sentences. Instead, they can answer directly to the point with minimum wastage of time and patience.

And as mentioned earlier, the GSR format welcomes a student’s intention to seek a permanent residency pathway to Australia after completing their course, as long as the students plan to do it through the right legal course of action, instead of abusing their student visa. Unlike writing a GTE letter, students will not have to nervously tiptoe around the idea of mentioning their intention to legally apply for Australian permanent residency later on, rather they can be fully confident about it.

Well, that’s all the inside scoop for now on how to answer your GSR questions. Yet, if you still wish for some more guidance, then your friendly GTE experts at Bridging West awaits you…Oops…we’re GSR experts now!



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