Student Visa – requirement to demonstrate that you are a genuine student (GS) – effective 23/03/2024

The Department have updated their website to include information on the genuine student requirement which commences on 23 March 2024.  This does not apply to applications that were submitted prior to the 23/03/2024.

The Department’s website contains an overview of the GS requirement as well as was evidence and information should be included in the application.

All applicants for a student visa must have a genuine intention to study in Australia and demonstrate that studying is their primary reason for coming to Australia.

In assessing the GS requirement, the online application form will ask a list of questions that will address this.

  • Give details of the applicant’s current circumstances. This includes ties to family, community, employment and economic circumstances.
  • Explain why the applicant wishes to study this course in Australia with this particular education provider. This must also explain their understanding of the requirements of the intended course and studying and living in Australia.
  • Explain how completing the course will be of benefit to the applicant.
  • Give details of any other relevant information the applicant would like to include.

Answers must be written in English, with a maximum of 150 words per question.

There is an additional question for those applicants who have previously held a student visa or those who are lodging an application in Australia from a non-student visa.

Along with the responses included in the application form, the applicant must attach supporting documents to their ImmiAccount. Evidence should be provided to support the claims made when answering the questions, otherwise little weight will be given to the assessment.

The GS criterion focuses on the assessment of the student’s intention to genuinely study in Australia. It considers factors including the applicant’s:

  • circumstances
  • immigration history
  • compliance with visa conditions and any other relevant matter.

This criterion acknowledges that post-study pathways are available for those who may be eligible.


Suggested evidence includes:

Previous study​​

This includes:

  • Academic transcripts showing qualifications achieved
  • Name of the education provider(s)
  • Length of study
  • Certificates of attainment

Previous study in Australia​​​

This includes:

  • A complete history of study record(s) in Australia
  • Reasons for change of course and/or education providers
  • Details of information on course progress
  • Study gaps of more than 2 months during an academic year
  • Any other information the applicant considers relevant to their study record in Australia

Current employment​​

This includes:

  • Details of their current employer and company address
  • Period of employment
  • Details of position held
  • The name and contact details of someone who can confirm the circumstances of the declared employment

Circumstances in their home country or coun​try of current residence

This includes:

  • The nature of the applicant’s personal ties eg. example family, community and employment. They will need to provide reasons for not studying in their home country if a similar course is available.

Economi​c circumstances in home country or country of residence

This includes:

  • Documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before lodging an application
  • Potential employment offers including salary and other benefits, after course completion
  • Income tax return or bank statements

If there is political and civil unrest and military service commitments in the applicant’s home country that would present as a significant incentive for them to leave their home country, they must provide their reasons and supporting evidence.

Potential situatio​n in Australia

  • level of knowledge of the proposed course and education provider
  • previous study and qualifications
  • planned living arrangements
  • financial stability.

Value​​ of the course to their future

  • if the course is consistent with their current level of education and if the course will assist them to obtain employment or improve employment prospect in their home country or another country.
  • if the course is relevant to past or proposed future employment in their home country or another country
  • expected salary and other benefits in their home country or another country obtained with the applicant’s qualifications from the proposed course of study.

Immigration ​history including:

  • visa and travel history for Australia and other countries
  • previous visa applications for Australia or other countries
  • visa refusals or cancellations.

If the applicant is a minor, the intentions of the parent, legal guardian or spouse will be considered.

Any othe​​r relevant matter

Give details of any other relevant information the applicant would like to include in their application.