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News Alert - Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Replaced by Genuine Student (GS) for Student Visa

Updated: 5 days ago

News Alert - Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Replaced by Genuine Student (GS) for Student Visa

The Australian Government changed its immigration rules to make it easier for people to come to Australia for education. They want to make sure that those applying for visas really want to study there and are honest about it. 

The New Genuine Student (GS)

The government has swapped out the old Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) rule for the Genuine Student (GS) requirement. This change applies to visa applications submitted on or after March 23, 2024. This change highlights a new way of understanding what applicants are hoping to achieve in their careers.

Who Does it Affect? 

If you applied for your visa before March 23, 2024, don't worry, you're still under the old rules. But if you're applying after that date, you need to meet the new Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

What's It All About? 

The GS requirement is all about making sure you genuinely want to study in Australia. It's not just about a temporary visit anymore. You've got to show that you're serious about your education here.

Why Does It Matter? 

The government wants to include students who not only study in Australia but also develop skills that Australia needs. Plus, they're more likely to apply for permanent residence later on.

What Do You Need to Do? 

To get your student visa, you've got to prove that you're a genuine student. That means showing you're committed to your studies and that you understand why studying in Australia is important for you.

How Do You Show It? 

When you apply for your visa online, you'll have to answer some questions. They want to know about your current situation, why you chose your course and school, how it'll benefit you, and any other relevant info. Keep your answers short and sweet, and back them up with evidence.

What Kind of Evidence? 

They're big on proof! They want to see your academic records, details about your previous study, info about your job, ties to your home country, and more. Basically, anything that shows you're serious about studying here.

English Language Requirements Update

Effective from 23 March 2024, the Australian Government has implemented revisions to the English Language Requirements for Student (Subclass 500) and Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visas.

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) Applicants

  • The minimum IELTS score requirement has been increased from 6.0 to 6.5.

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum of 5.5 in each test component.

  • The test validity period has been reduced from three years to one.

Student Visa (Subclass 500) Applicants

  • The minimum IELTS score requirement has been raised from 5.5 to 6.0.

For those moving from the old rules (GTE) to the new ones (GS), it's super important to have all your documents in order. You've got to understand the new rules and give good proof that you really want to study in Australia. OHC Guide suggests keeping up-to-date, getting help from experts, and checking out your health insurance choices to stay safe and healthy while you're in Australia.

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