for meeting the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement
The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement is a requirement for all student visas. It is the most common reason The Department of Home Affairs refuses student visas. Unfortunately it is also massively subjective and immigration case officers can choose which part of the GTE requirement to refuse your visa.
Fortunately for students from low-risk countries (North America, most countries in Western Europe, Japan etc…), the GTE requirement is often not strictly enforced. However, for high-level assessment countries (such as most Asian Countries, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa,) the GTE requirement is enforced. In my experience, Immigration case officers are specifically stringent on offshore student visa applications.
Students need to ensure that they can convince immigration they are studying their course for the right reasons.This article will go through some of the most common reasons why students visas are refused and how best to overcome this. By doing this, we hope you will increase chances of obtaining a student visa.
Explain your circumstances in your home country (Personal Circumstances)
I think this is probably the most important GTE requirement. Case Officers can generally tell if someone is being unrealistic or untrue with their statement. Providing a job offer for 2-3 years in the future is often unrealistic. Especially if the course you are studying is a vocational level.
Be realistic in your article
The case officer wants to know that you have strong ties to your home country. You need to ensure you explain your personal circumstances in your home country. For instance, be sure to mention that all/most of your family members reside in your home country. Do you have any possessions in your home country? A house, a car, a business? Do you need to return to support family members? Is the job market improving?
Perhaps you have some specific events in the future which require you to return to your home country. A family members wedding, a future education course you will need to take etc…
The case officer will also take into account the economic circumstances of your home country. A common reason immigration case officers provide for refusals are that “based on the economic conditions in your home country, you would have little incentive to return.” You need to show there is enough other reasons for you to return home.
Explain why you chose the specific education provider
It is also important that you have done research and know the city that you will be studying in? What are some things you like about the city? How much will your living expenses be?
Show you have done research into the industry or course you are studying
Always discuss the future value of the course to you
Explain your immigration history
If you have ever overstayed your visa or not abided by previous visa conditions, explain the reasons why you overstayed and how you have changed since the incident.
Generally speaking, the more temporary visas you have applied for in Australia, the greater the chance of refusal. If you have already remained in Australia for 3, 4 or 5+ years, you will need to demonstrate to immigration that you are not just studying this course as a way to remain in Australia.
Explain why you chose to study in Australia compared to your home country
Provide supporting documents
Talk is cheap. You need to back your statement up with documentary evidence to support what you wrote. Can you provide:
- Letters of reference from employers
- Evidence you can support yourself financially in Australia
- Previous education documents
- Enrollment or Application forms into another course
- Evidence of property ownership in your home country
- Evidence of business ownership in your home country
- Return tickets out of Australia