Est. 1988

ACAE Service

Genuine Temporary Entrant


The genuine temporary entrant requirement (GTE) is an integrity measure to ensure that the Student visa Programme is used as intended and not used by international students as a way of maintaining de facto permanent residency in Australia.


The GTE requirement has improved integrity in the student visa program and ensures that only genuine applicants are granted a student visa. To be granted any student visa, applicants must satisfy Department of Immigration and Border Protection that they have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily.

When assessing the GTE requirement, the department will consider:


  • The applicant's circumstances

  • The applicant's immigration history

  • If the applicant is a minor – the intention of a parent, legal guardian or spouse of the applicant

  • Any other relevant matter



You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for streamlined student visa processing:


  • At the time of handing in your student visa application, you must have a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) with a university or non-university higher education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements for a:

    • Bachelor degree

    • Masters degree

    • Doctoral degree

    • Non-award university student exchange program

    • Non-award study abroad program

  • If you enrol in a package of courses, all your preliminary courses must be at an education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements or a nominated educational business partner of that provider. ​

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