Last reply 3 months ago
Moving abroad with MS


Does anyone have any experience of moving abroad temporarily with MS from the UK. Specifically to either Canada or New Zealand. Me and my husband have been keen to move to one these countries and I may now have the opportunity to work in one of them for a one or at most 2 years. But I’m worried my MS will make this impossible. I have RR MS and am currently on plegredy and well controlled. Not sure if I will completely lose any access toy treatment through the NHS and if I would have to pay privately in both of these countries. If they would even let me get a visa because of my ms. Any experience or advice would be very welcome.


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5 months ago

yes, Im a Saudi women diagnosed age 17
moved to Edinburgh when I was 24 years old
stayed 2 years and half to learn English.

5 months ago

@jessbaz , you have to follow your dreams if at all possible.

Have you tried posing these questions to the High Commission of each country in London? And to the MS Society in New Zealand and Canada?

4 months ago


Thanks for your reply.

I have contacted MS Soc New Zealand who have been incredibly helpful. Still waiting on hearing back from MS Soc Canada.

That’s a good idea about contacting the high commissions. I’ll look into that.
MS Soc in UK have also sent me some things advice but also suggested posting on here to see if there was anyone out there who had done similar.

I’m hoping there is.

4 months ago

Have you searched for forum members in the areas you are interested in sent them a message? I have seen representatives from Canada posting. I a bit south of there in MN/WI in the US…I know the health system is very different than here.

I saw articles about this Dr in Toronto and was impressed, not sure what area you are considering, Canada is a big place πŸ˜‰

I know the US has not quite returned to “business as usual” but I expect next Monday businesses and services will be back “online”

Good luck

3 months ago

Hey @nutshell88,
We’re in a very similar position and trying to work out whether to pay for immigration advice on the off chance of a medical waiver. MS definitely seems like a barrier to visas for NZ – have you found any more detail?

3 months ago

@chrismackie I rather not showing on my ID I suffer MS MS is not obvious on me and I rather not letting anyone know other than my family. and drs of course
and ever since I moved to edinburgh 2012 I stopped MS treatments personal choice 2018 altho I was able in scotland and in my country but I rathered not. maybe I wasnt wise idk. I started gilenya in my country 2018. I was meeting neurologist clinic in edinburgh done mri too developed atrophy there.

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