Among the requirements that the Australian government asks for to get a student visa, is to make a Letter of Intent or also known as GTE Letter (LINK), which is mainly to show who you are, what you do, what you want to study, why you want to study it, your intentions and / or objectives to enter to study in Australia, what will give you in the future work? Among others.
It is an important point, since you are showing as a genuine student in front of an Australian immigration agent your intentions to come to study in Australia and not to do it in your country. Many times this letter may depend on the acceptance or rejection of the visa.
That is why, we must inform our students that a couple of days ago the government has published new requirements for this letter, being very emphatic in pointing out that the student applicant has sufficient reasons to return to his home country after graduation.
In order to comply with the request, these are the changes that we must take into account:
– The statement where the student explains his or her reasons for studying in Australia will now be as short as 300 words of 2,000 characters in total.
– If you happen to have gaps in between your studies, explain why.
– You must have a contact who can confirm your current employment status.
– Evidence of savings or financial ties that show incentive to return home (property, assets, etc.).
– Potential job offers, including benefits after completion of the course.
So we will give you an update on what you will need to do your GTE Letter in detail:
1. 300 WORDS OF 2,000 CHARACTERS IN TOTAL.
2. YOUR INTRODUCTION:
Who are you? Your name, how old you are and where you live (city-country).
3. YOUR ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:
In which course did you study? In which university did you take your course? When did you finish your course? Mention also other important courses you have taken. If you are still studying, mention how many semesters you have completed and the reason why you want to do this new study and make your trip. If you stopped studying, changed or have studied more than one career, specify why and give an explanation that matches your new studies in Australia.
4. YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Give an objective account of your professional experience. Contact someone who can confirm your current employment status and possible job offer letters when you return to your home country.
5. WHY YOU DECIDED TO TAKE THE CHOSEN COURSE:
Tell why you felt the need to take the course you chose. Talk about your day-to-day work, whether you needed to use English, how it was used, and how the lack of the language has hindered your professional growth. If you do not yet have professional experience, tell us why English is important in your area of training, how it is used, and how it is used in the workplace. . It is necessary to convince the agent that you need to gain fluency in the language.
6. FOR COLLEGE / TECHNICAL COURSES / GRADUATION:
Explain why you decided to take the course. Relate the course to your area of training and professional experience, talk about the subjects that will be taught during the course. Why it will be important for your career and why you decided to do it abroad and not in your home country.
7. HOW WILL YOU PAY FOR YOUR EXPENSES AND THE COURSE WHILE YOU ARE STUDYING ABROAD:
Are you going to pay for it yourself? where will the money come from that you will use during your exchange? Will someone give you financial support? Who will be your financial support?
8. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS WHEN YOU RETURN TO YOUR COUNTRY?
That part is going to evidence your intention with the exchange. Not having links with your country of origin or not having objectives with your return, you can give the agent to understand that your intention is NOT to return to your country and that you are using the course as a “gateway” for immigration. As we said in the beginning, the main focus of this change in the requirements is this, that the student does or does not want to return to his/her country of origin and that he/she has no interest in obtaining a residency. For this we must add showing evidence of savings or financial ties that show incentive to return to your country, such as a property, car, assets that are intended in the future to return. You should mention what you want to do professionally. For example: if you are applying for “X” vacancy in your area of training and experience, return to your current job (in cases of leave of absence, and when the employer keeps your vacancy available on your return from exchange), take some course (post, master, among others), etc.
If you are not working, it is important to say what you have done since you left your job. Not having an employment relationship is negative for the process. It is natural that for longer periods of course, a disconnection occurs, but it is still important to evidence this situation.
Remember that the GTE letter can only be written by yourself, do not accept to pay anyone to offer you this service. It is a personal letter, where the most important thing is the content and the genuineness of your intentions. You can get help translating it later or have an education agent review it before sending it, but no one can write it for you.
If you are thinking of studying and traveling in Australia, we can help you with the step-by-step instructions and find the right course for you, free of charge. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.