Working and studying in Ireland

Non-EEA students not currently 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 part-time basis.  

Since July 2019 a new immigration regime for non-EEA students wishing to study in Ireland has been published. The arrangements clarify the position with regard to the time allowed for trainee accountants to complete their qualifications, academic and professional progress, the rules regarding changing courses and work placements.  Please note that training as an Accounting Technician in Ireland is not eligible under this scheme.

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 in Ireland.

Non-EEA students who are already resident in Ireland on Stamp 1A permission must ensure they renew this permission while they are sitting for their ACCA exams.  If a non-EEA student wishes to renew their Stamp 1A and they are residing in Dublin, they must do the following:

Log on to the Immigration online booking system pages to book an appointment to renew the Stamp 1A at least 6 weeks before the permission is due to expire. Please note that the Immigration department release appointment times on a daily basis.

Once an appointment has been booked, the student should send an email to and provide details of the expiry date of their Stamp 1A and their appointment date. Please provide at least 24 hours advance notice of the appointment date. The student will then be sent a spreadsheet that needs to be completed by the student and sent back in advance of the appointment. This spreadsheet is then sent to Immigration on the student’s behalf.

For students based outside Dublin, they should renew their Stamp1A with their local immigration office.  They should still request the spreadsheet to be sent to them for completion.  The information in the spreadsheet is sent through to the immigration office by email.

When a student visits GNIB/their local immigration office for their appointment, they need to bring the following documentation:

  • An original employer’s letter confirming that they are working in a relevant accounts related role in a finance or accounting function that is supervised and verified by a qualified accountant
  • A progression report by the Accountancy Practice or Business, training supervisor, confirming exams passed and experience gained in the previous 12 months
  • An official college letter from either a Platinum or Gold Approved Learning Partner confirming the ACCA subjects they are currently studying. Please note that under the conditions of Stamp 1A students must attend classroom based lectures for at least one of the subjects they are studying

Failure to supply the above information will result in the application for renewal being refused.

Trainee Accountants registered with ACCA must sit a minimum of four ACCA exams per year, pass at least two of these exams per year, and successfully complete at least two professional training objectives, as set down in the training contract, each year.

All students should familiarise themselves with all conditions attaching to Stamp 1A that are outlined in the document “Immigration conditions for non-EEA Stamp 1A trainee accountants” which can be found in the related documents area on this page.