About Nerissa Fernandes

Nerissa is a business research and management consulting professional with over a decade of experience working with clients in IT, Telecom, Retail, Banking/Finance, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, and Healthcare across global geographies. In her current role at Arrive, she works as a content specialist leveraging her first-hand experience as a newcomer in Canada to write relevant blogs and assist other immigrants to ease their transition into the Canadian life.

Moving to Canada as an international student during COVID: What to prepare

Last updated: July 30, 2021   The Canadian government is continually revising travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for people entering the country. The current amended travel restrictions for international students allow new and returning international students to enter Canada if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness [...]

FinanceJune 11, 2021

How to build a secure financial future for you and your family in Canada

From an interview with Wanzi Silva, Financial Advisor, RBC.   Wanzi Silva is a financial advisor at RBC Newcomer Meeting place – a unique Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch that supports new immigrants with their banking, employment and settlement needs in Canada. She moved to Canada with her family [...]

HousingMay 31, 2021

Furnishing your home as a newcomer in Canada

Finding a place to live in a new country can be a challenging and exhausting process. Add to it the task of furnishing and making it “livable,” and things could start to get stressful especially if you are unaware of various retailers, their price points, or other options where you [...]

HousingMay 25, 2021

Questions to ask a landlord or realtor before you rent

Whether you’re a first-time renter or a veteran tenant, the process of renting a place in a new country can make you anxious, especially if you’re not completely familiar with the local norms and guidelines. In major Canadian cities, finding a place to rent without credit history can be a [...]

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Moving to Canada from China: Embrace the unknown

From an interview with Xiaolun (Lucy) Zhang.   Xiaolun (Lucy) Zhang came to Canada with her mother to visit a family friend in Vancouver in 2011, and that friend suggested Xiaolun should come to Vancouver to study. When they returned to Beijing, Xiaolun and her parents began researching international studies [...]

CareerMay 18, 2021

How to explain employment gaps: Tips and advice for newcomers to Canada

When moving to Canada, adapting to the local job market and finding employment in the desired field is often top-of-mind for many newcomers. The pandemic has made the job search process more competitive, driving job seekers to put their best foot forward when applying to open positions.  One of the [...]

StudyingMay 17, 2021

The school system in Nova Scotia

When moving to a new country as a family, the schooling for your children is as important as finding employment and deciding where to settle. Fortunately, Canada is internationally ranked as a leader in education and there are plenty of educational opportunities for families. For newcomers to Nova Scotia, here [...]

10 tips to adapt to life in Canada

As a newcomer experiencing Canada for the first time, there may be some cultural differences you’re not familiar with. Adjusting to a new environment and culture can be difficult if you have no idea what to expect. In this article, we will share a few tips, resources and advice that [...]

StudyingMay 12, 2021

The school system in Saskatchewan

When moving to a new country as a family, the schooling for your children is as important as finding employment and deciding where to settle. Fortunately, Canada is internationally ranked as a leader in education and there are plenty of educational opportunities for families. For newcomers to Saskatchewan, here is [...]

Tipping in Canada: Things to know as a newcomer

Canada, like many other countries, has a prominent tipping culture. Tipping (also called, leaving gratuity) when receiving any services tells the staff how good you thought their service was.  Even if you’re familiar with the practice of tipping, different countries have their own standards for gratuity. That’s why as a [...]

About Arrive

At Arrive, our goal is to help you reach yours. We’re dedicated to helping newcomers by providing the support, guidance and resources needed for career, life and financial success in Canada.
Arrive is supported by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the largest bank in Canada* and one of the most reputed banks in the world, employing 80,000 people worldwide. This places us in a unique position to be able to help and support newcomers, like yourself, with credible and reliable resources that can help you get started while setting up a strong financial foundation in Canada.

Disclaimer:
This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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