ASC Biometrics Address Clarification in Elizabeth, New Jersey
In December 2008, USCIS closed its application support center (where it took biometrics such as fingerprints and photographs) in Newark, New Jersey and opened up a new center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The correct address for the biometrics center in Elizabeth, New Jersey is:
285 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey
It is not in Elizabeth City, NJ.
USCIS has made a mistake in many of the letters it sent out. By mistake, they incorrectly told many applicants that the address was 285 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey. (Actually, USCIS often tells applicants to go to 285-299 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey.) That is not the correct address. (Some mapping programs will correctly figure out the correct place to go, but some mapping programs will make an incorrect guess about what that means.)
Tell your friends -- the ASC in Elizabeth is on North Broad Street. If they punch in the incorrect address and their computer program leads them to Newark, NJ, they are going the wrong way.
Any tips on how to spot it? There is a Bank of America at 288 North Broad Street in Elizabeth, NJ, so one way to search for the right building is to drive on North Broad Street and look for the Bank of America, then look across the street!
Update, September 2009: good news, USCIS is aware that a bunch of the notices that various offices send out from different parts of the country for biometrics in Elizabeth, NJ still have the wrong city name and the wrong ZIP code. USCIS is still working on getting it fixed and has already been trying to fix it. In the meantime, keep aware that for over nine months, USCIS has been and still is sending out biometrics appointment notices that do not have the address exactly correctly written. We can hope, though, that one day USCIS will tell people the exactly correct address! And we appreciate their hard work in trying to fix the mistake.