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The employer has to pay the training fee. You can begin employment once the employer receives the fee receipt if you are currently on an H1B. The employer must pay the training fee ($750 / $1500) for the petition, if applicable, and one should not enter into a reimbursement agreement with the employer. Either the employee or the employer may pay the other filing fees: $320 base filing fee, the fraud prevention fee $500, if applicable, and the $1000 optional premium processing fee.
It can take as little as 15 days if you pay the additional $1000 for premium processing. If you don't, then you need to check the processing times on the USCIS website for Vermont Service Center http://www.uscis.gov/.
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