U.S. President Donald Trump's overhaul of the H-1B visa program in October made it more expensive and difficult to get highly-skilled immigrant workers into the United States - and likely gave Canada's Start-Up Visa Program a much-needed boost.

Under the sweeping changes to the H-1B visa program in the United States, the wage scale employers use to figure out how much to pay highly-skilled foreign workers was bumped up by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The move came as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also upped the degree requirements for those applying under the H-1B visa program which counts an estimated 600,000 visa holders in the United States.

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