Student Visa – New Genuine Student (GS)Requirement

The Australian Government will implement to NEW Genuine Student Requirement for all applications lodged on the 23rd of March 2024.

As announced in the Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023, the Australian Government is
replacing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for the grant of a Student visa with a
Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

  • The GS requirement is planned to commence for Student visa applications lodged on or after
    23 March 2024.
  • Student visa applications lodged before 23 March 2024 will be assessed according to existing
  • The GTE requirement will be retained for Student Guardian visa applicants.

The 300-word statement in the Student visa application form will be replaced with targeted questions. These questions will provide visa decision-makers with an overview of the applicant and their reasons for wanting to study in Australia, to contextualise the documentary evidence applicants must provide in support of their application.

The intended questions will cover:

  • details of their current circumstances, including ties to family, community, employment and economic circumstances;
  • an explanation for the choice of course and reasons for choosing Australia as a study destination;
  • what benefits the course provides to the applicant;
  • for applicants with a study history in Australia, details of their study history;
  • for applicants holding a visa other than a Student visa, their reasons for applying for a Student visa; and
  • any other relevant information the applicant wishes to provide.

The Student visa declaration will be amended to require applicants to confirm that they:

  • understand what it means to be a genuine student for the purposes of studying in Australia;
  • have read, understand and commit to comply with student visa conditions and to notify the Department of Home Affairs of any changes to their circumstances; and
  • understand that while post-study pathways to permanent migration are available, only a limited number of graduates will be eligible and those who are unable to remain lawfully in Australia must depart Australia.

When the change happens, Ministerial Direction No. 69 will be revoked and replaced by two new ministerial directions, which will reflect the intention for the GS requirement to apply after the intended commencement date of 23 March 2024; and then to ensure that applications onhand, and not yet decided, before the commencement date of 23 March 2024 have the GTE assessment applied to those cases.

English Language Requirements

As per the Migration Strategy, changes are also flagged to English level requirements for Student and
Temporary Graduate visa applicants. There will be more news on these changes as the Department finalises consultation with stakeholders.

Kate Kyoung A, LEE

Qualified Education Agent – #E086

Australian Education & Visa Centre Pty Ltd

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