Have you already made the decision to study in Australia? Have you already chosen your course and study institution? Then we are going to get down to work with the necessary documentation for your process to ... and as always, we want to give you a hand with it!

That is why today we would like to give you some tips to prepare the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) or motivational letter.

What is the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

The GTE is an extremely important motivational letter that requires a lot of detail since it has a great weight on the success of the visa and must be consistent with the rest of the application. Basically the goal is to prove to be a genuine and temporary student.


The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants. Applicants must provide a personal statement in English that addresses the GTE requirement. This statement must be written in English, but if you do not feel comfortable writing in the language, do not worry, we at We Move will help you, you can write it in your language and we will translate it for you. A written statement must be provided along with supporting documents. Generic claims not supported by evidence will not weigh on the GTE assessment, and could even contribute to a visa denial.

"The Genuine and Temporary Student Requirement (GTE) is a measure of integrity to ensure that the student visa program is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia."


Based on this requirement, the immigration department will make the visa decision:


Our goal is for your visa to be successful and that is why we will accompany you throughout the process, guiding you and helping you to comply with the conditions stipulated by the Australian Home Affairs department. Although it must be taken into account that the decision is out of We Move Experience's control, as well as the visa processing time.


How to prepare the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)? And what should you include in it?

The Motivation Letter or GTE Letter is a statement made by you in English, briefly explaining and covering all relevant points to demonstrate your genuineness. Remember that the immigration department knows nothing about you. So the more information you include about your story in your letter, the better.

These are aspects that must be covered:

In this letter, you must present yourself before migrations, tell a little about your history, your interests, about the reason for your choice, both the course and institution and Australia and how this will help you in your professional development, covering all the gaps that may exist and delivering documents or quotes that support your argument, to avoid any questions.



  • Previous study: Show evidence such as the title, diploma, certificate, etc.

  • A gap in the previous study: Reasons why there is a gap between studies, professional development, or others. Explaining what was done at that time.

  • Jobs: Give the current and previous employer details, give the address of the job, and the contact details of the person in reference (These data must be verifiable since migrations may require contacting the person)

  • Ties to country of origin or country of residence (outside Australia)

    • Employment or job offer upon completion of studies (outside Australia)

    • Income statement or bank statements

    • Properties or assets

How to organize your Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)?

In the first paragraph, you must make an initial introduction of your person, where you include your full name, nationality, age, and the studies you have completed or are studying. If you are working or have work experience, you must mention it or mention your professional situation. And finally, mention the course or courses you have chosen and the institution or institutions where you are going to mention your motivation for this choice.

The second paragraph, you have to focus on the reasons why you chose the course and the institution, we recommend you cite arguments or subjects from the course program that you can find on the website of the institution. Remember also to highlight the benefits that your choice will give you in the future in your academic, personal, and professional development.

In the third paragraph, dedicate it exclusively to explain why you choose Australia as a destination to study instead of your country of residence. You can talk about the cultural aspects, language, security, climate among others.

To finish, in the last paragraph you can mention the positive impacts that the course you are going to have will have, relate it to your professional development, your previous studies, how they complement each other, and how these will help you in your future career in your country of residence. (outside of Australia). You can show job offers, how your salary and position expectations will increase after your election. Don't forget to mention your post-course plans when you return to your country, this is super important because remember that they want to make sure you don't want to stay in Australia. Finally, you can mention the support of your parents or some financial and emotional guarantee, who are always with you at every step you take.



  • The length of this letter should ideally be 1 page and not more than 1 ½ pages

  • All statements must be verifiable

  • Do not use general arguments

  • You can also consider visa history


In summary, the questions to be answered in the letter (GTE LETTER) are:


  1. Why do you want to study the chosen course or courses?

  2. Why the chosen institution?

  3. Why in Australia?

  4. How will the chosen course help you or what positive impacts will this have on your professional and/or personal development when you return to your country?

  5. What do you want to do after the course?

Keep in mind that the complete professional and academic history must be covered. For example, if there is a year that was not studied and did not work, explain why it was, and of course, support everything with the respective documentation (example: studies with their respective diplomas, jobs ideally with contracts, evidence of ties to your country, etc.).

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Genuine Temporary Inbound Criteria (GTE) ( according to the Department of Home Affairs )


The key judgment that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection makes when granting a student visa is whether the applicant is a genuine temporary entrant. That is, do they come to Australia for genuine study purposes and have a realistic prospect of returning home once they have finished their studies?

Some factors that the department considers as part of the GTE requirement include:


  • The circumstances in the applicant's country of origin

  • The applicant's possible circumstances in Australia

  • Applicant's immigration history

  • The value of the course for the applicant's future

  • Any other matter relevant to the applicant's intention to stay temporarily.

  • Circumstances in the applicant's home country: Any matter, such as economic slowdown, relevant to the applicant's intention to stay temporarily

  • Applicant's Potential Circumstances in Australia: Student has been in Australia for long periods of time, either without successfully completing a qualification, or has moved education providers on numerous occasions.

  • Applicant's Immigration History: The student has had previous visa applications rejected or visas canceled.

  • The value of the course for the applicant's future: The student is requesting a course that is not related to his or her previous career choice or grades and/or the value of the course exceeds the student's current financial situation.

  • Any other matters that may be relevant: The student cannot explain how an Australian rating will benefit them in the future.

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