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Non-EEA students not resident in Ireland

ACCA Ireland receives enquiries from non-EEA students who may wish to come to Ireland to study for their ACCA exams on a full time basis.  

Since 1 January 2011 a New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA students wishing to study in Ireland has been introduced. This sets out new rules regarding studying in Ireland for non-EEA students.  ACCA Ireland is unable to directly assist individual non-EEA students who wish to relocate to Ireland and students are advised to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website for details of immigration visas available and the guidelines to follow if they wish to study for their ACCA exams on a full time basis in Ireland.  

Please note that in Ireland, the full time ACCA course is classified as a non-degree course.

Non-EEA students resident in Ireland

Stamp 1A permission

Non-EEA students who are already resident in Ireland on a Stamp 1A permission which permits students to study for the ACCA exams on a part time basis while working full time in a relevant role must ensure they renew this permission as long as they are sitting for their ACCA exams.  If a non-EEA student wishes to renew their stamp they must email irelandinfo@accaglobal.com and provide details of their ACCA number and their GNIB number in the email.  A letter will then be provided to GNIB on behalf of the student.   In order to renew your Stamp 1A permission you will need the following:

  • An original employer’s letter confirming that you are working in a relevant accounts related role in a finance or accounting function that will be supervised and verified by a qualified accountant
  • An official college letter confirming the ACCA subjects you are currently studying 

If a student fails or they are absent from all ACCA exams in either December or June, their next Stamp 1A permission will only issue for a period of six months.  If a student passes at least one exam in either December or June, their next Stamp 1A permission will issue for a period of one year. 

Stamp 2 permission

Non-EEA students who are already resident in Ireland on a Stamp 2 which permits students to study for their ACCA exams on a full time basis cannot transfer to a Stamp 1A until they have completed all of the Fundamental Level of the ACCA exams i.e. F1-F9 and/or have completed an Irish degree that gives exemptions from the Fundamental Level of the ACCA exams.  If non-EEA students who are eligible to transfer from a Stamp 2 wish to transfer to a Stamp 1A, they must follow the guidelines outlined above that apply to non-EEA students who currently have a Stamp 1A permission.

Last updated: 12 Feb 2014

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