-GUARANTEED ACCEPTABLE AT THE FBI

 

Rosa Photo + Fingerprinting Mobile Unit

also known as "Immigration Information Services"

 

 

 

also known as "Immigration Information Services"

420 NORTH 16th STREET -- PHILADELPHIA, PA 19130

the famous "Rosa Photo Van" parked at the curb for 35+ years

at the corner of 16th and Callowhill Streets

215-432-5158

e-mail:  intlfam2003@yahoo.com

 

 

Rosa Photo + Fingerprinting Mobile Unit

also known as "Immigration Information Services"

 

 

WE'VE MOVED TO 420 NORTH 16th STREET!

 

VERY IMPORTANT--

We have permanently relocated the Rosa Photo-and-Fingerprint Van

to the 400 block of North 16th Street,

between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets.

(we are no longer at 1550 Callowhill Street)

Thus, we are now parked in front of the 4-storey parking

garage at 420 North 16th Street, Phila PA 19130.

Our hours are as follows:

Weekdays 8 to 5, plus Saturdays 12 noon to 5.

In general, walk-in is fine--

appointments are needed only for immigration applications

and for special needs/handicap assistance.

For more info, please do call us at 215.432.5158.

And we certainly hope to see you soon !!!

 

 

Because fingerprinting is a very "up close and personal" activity,

it is inevitable that you will be within two feet of our fingerprinters!

Thus, even though Covid-19 regs have eased considerably,

nevertheless we continue to wear masks,

and we would prefer, please, that you wear a mask as well.

 

 

Quick Summary of our Website's Contents

(immediately followed by very complete details!)

We are open Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 12 noon to 5 pm (please feel free to call, in order to confirm weekend and holiday hours).  Appointments aren't needed (except for immigration applications, or if you are handicapped and need special assistance), and invariably there is no wait.  If, however, you would like an appointment for any service, then we are happy to accommodate you--just give us a call!

We do fingerprinting on FINGERPRINT CARDS (usually FBI FD-258 cards; rarely FD-1164 and SF-87 cards; and we supply these blank cards at no cost) for every imaginable purpose, including but not limited to professional licenses, employment, PA Safe Check via Identogo, criminal record checks, college enrollment (especially Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Rowan, plus many other medical and nursing schools), banking (including FINRA), CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) enrollment, name change petitions, gun license/carry permits/ATF, immigration applications, and fingerprinting for visas and passports for those countries of the world that require it.  We always provide FBI FD-258, FD-1164 and SF-87 cards for free!

We guarantee (your money back) that the FBI will accept the fingerprint card(s) that we prepare even though we are not a law enforcement agency (and, by the way, the Philadelphia Police Department will not fingerprint you unless you have been arrested first!)  We also guarantee that NO ONE will reject our cards because they were "poorly prepared."

We do not do "live scan" or "electronic" or "digital" fingerprinting, but our fingerprint cards are accepted by the most important live-scan companies, located in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, for almost every purpose.  These companies include Identogo, Cogent, Accurate Biometrics, American Data Bank, CastleBranch, Certifix, Idemia, MorphoTrust, Gemalto, Fieldprint and others.

Sorry, but we do not "lift" latent fingerprints from objects touched by someone's hands.

We have the best prices in the area, charging only $25/$20 (first card/additional card) to prepare a fingerprint card (either a card that you bring to us, or else an FBI card that we provide for free, including FD-258, FD-1164, or SF-87).  And, more importantly, there is always a special discount for fingerprints that will be submitted to Identogo for Pennsylvania SafeCheck clearances:  that is to say, if you are going to be working with children or the elderly, we will prepare 1 or 2 fingerprint cards for you, plus prepare your on-line Identogo registration, all for $20.00! (although you still have to pay Identogo's registration fee, and then mail the card to Identogo).  We accept cash, money orders and business checks (payable to "EAB Trust"), as well as CashApp and Venmo, but we do not accept credit or debit cards. 

We can even fingerprint you at your business location or in your home, although that special service costs more, because the final price takes into account the time for two of us to travel to your location.

Besides preparing fingerprint cards, we offer such other services as passport, visa and immigration photography, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Checks (your report will be ready in 15 minutes!), custom-made ID cards for businesses, Infopass appointments to enter USCIS (immigration) offices, e-filings of certain US immigration (USCIS) forms, US immigrant visa "Green Card" lottery applications, and translations (English-Spanish-Romanian).  We always offer special assistance for individuals with Disabilities.

 

 

NAVIGATING THROUGH OUR WEBSITE

1.    Who we are and what we do

2.    Our fees

3.    Our location and how to get there

4.    Our hours:  regular hours and special holiday hours

5.    Our fingerprint cards or yours ???

6.    Entering your data on a blank fingerprint cards

7.    VIP Fingerprinting at Your Location

8.    Other services we offer:  passport, visa and immigration photography; Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Background Checks (your report is ready in 15 minutes); custom-made ID cards for businesses; Infopass appointments to enter USCIS (immigration) offices, e-filings of US immigration (USCIS) forms, US immigrant diversity visa "green card" lottery submissions; and translations (English-Spanish-Romanian)

9.    Contact us

 

 

1.  Who we are--what we do and what we don't do:

For the last 35+ years, the famous "Rosa Photo" mobile unit or "Van" has been parked at the curb, at the corner of 16th Street and Callowhill Street (in zipcode 19130).  We are right next to Philadelphia Community College, and we are around the corner from the new Philadelphia Police Headquarters (which now occupies the historic Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Building) and the Philadelphia School District Building.  We are also quite near Philadelphia City Hall, the Convention Center, and the entire Museum District along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  And from our Van, we serve the public with FINGERPRINTING; PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS; PHOTOGRAPHY for passports, visas, professional licenses and gun permits; ID CARDS for small businesses; IMMIGRATION SERVICES (such as USCIS on-line filings, Visa Lottery, and Infopass); and TRANSLATION SERVICES.  **If you have a Disability or Handicap or Special Need that prevents you from stepping into our Van, then upon request (215.432.5158) we will bring our equipment out, onto the curb at 16th Street, for your convenience.**

Rolled fingerprinting on FBI fingerprint cards

We do rolled FINGERPRINTING on FBI standard FD-258, FD-1164 and SF-87 fingerprint cards (or their equivalents, as issued by various Federal agencies and State governments) for almost any purpose, including professional license applications (such as law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, banking, insurance, casinos and marijuana dispensaries), for Identogo criminal background checks for employment in schools, child-care and home-care positions, for other pre-employment screening (for almost all State and Federal Government positions, including Peace Corps), criminal record checks, FINRA, college enrollment (especially for health-care programs at Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Rowan University, and various other schools), for CMS enrollment (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), for name-change applications, expungements, gun license ("carry permit") applications for various states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Airizona and Florida, as well as for the ATF), immigration applications for various countries including Portugal, Canada and Australia, and applications for passport renewals for such countries as Ethiopia and South Africa.  Our work is recommended by Philadelphia City Hall, the Philadelphia Police, and several other police departments.

We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!                     We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!                     We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!                     We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!                     We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!                     We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!                     We guarantee that our fingerprint cards are acceptable at the FBI!

We are a private company, and thus we are not a law enforcement agency.  On the other hand, under normal circumstances, neither the Pennsylvania State Police nor the Philadelphia Police Department fingerprints individuals unless they are being arrested.  If you have instructions that your fingerprints "should/must" be taken by a police department, please don't stress out about this!  There is no way for government agencies all over the USA to know that our local police departments are not set up to help you. Moreover, there are not a lot of government agencies in other parts of the USA, or overseas, that are aware that the FBI will always accept fingerprint cards that are properly prepared by qualified private vendors like us.  

IN FACT, WE OFFER A MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE THAT OUR FINGERPRINT CARDS WILL NOT BE REJECTED BY THE FBI BECAUSE WE, AS A PRIVATE COMPANY, HAVE PREPARED THE CARDS.

And if you have instructions from a state like California or Florida or Arizona that seem to give the impression that you must submit your fingerprints by live-scan, do not despair-- in fact, all states still have a mechanism to accept FD-258 fingerprint cards from "out-of-state" applicants, and indeed we will always help you with any special paperwork accompanying the fingerprint card(s) that you submit.

WE ALSO GUARANTEE THAT NO ONE WILL REJECT OUR CARDS BECAUSE THEY WERE "POORLY PREPARED."  MOREOVER, IF YOU HAVE "PROBLEMATIC" FINGERTIPS, WE WILL WORK WITH YOU AND GIVE YOU THE SPECIAL ATTENTION YOU NEED TO GET THE BEST FINGERPRINT IMAGES POSSIBLE.  BE CAREFUL and BE AWARE--IF YOUR FINGERPRINTS ARE NOT CORRECTLY PREPARED, THE FBI WILL REJECT YOUR FINGERPRINT CARDS, AND IN TURN YOU WILL LOSE MONEY and VALUABLE TIME!

We do not mail your fingerprint card(s) to the FBI--but we give youi a very sturdy envelope, and then you do!  After we have fingerprinted you, you should send the card(s) to whomever you have been instructed, or else we are happy to give you instructions on how to register yourself on the FBI website and then send the card(s) directly to the FBI--and if you do, you will normally receive your official FBI report in 4 to 6 business days.

"Live scan" a/k/a "digital/electronic" fingerprinting ???

Although we do not do "live scan" (also called "digital" and "electronic") fingerprinting, we can certainly help you-- even if you are under the impression that you are "required" to use live scan.  Here are several scenarios:

a.    If you need a Pennsylvania "Safe Check" clearance (for instance, from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, or the Pennsylvania Department of Education, or the Pennsylvania Department of Aging) and you already have an Identogo fingerprint registration, then, for our $20.00 fee, we will fingerprint you (on one standard FD-258 FBI fingerprint card, or two cards if you have "bad" fingers).  You will then mail the card(s) to Identogo, which in turn will them (instead of scanning your fingers!).  Indeed, whether you fingers are "live-scanned" or whether your traditional fingerprint card is scanned, either way, Identogo will send your data to the FBI, and then your FBI clearance will be released within the same timeframe (usually 7-10 days).  Moreover, if you haven't registered yourself for the Identogo screening process, then when you visit us (and no appointment is needed) we will register you as a courtesy, just before we fingerprint you (although you will still be responsible for paying Identogo's registration fee).

b.    If your goal is to be approved for a professional license in any state other than Pennsylvania (if, for instance, you are a nurse or a physician who needs a license for such states as California, Florida and Arizona), and if it is "recommended" to you--or even if you are "instructed"--to get "live scan" fingerprinting, then don't waste your time looking for the impossible, and here is why:  "live scan" is not generally available to the public in Pennsylvania, and it almost certainly is not available to you, because vendors here that do "live scan" are set up to process submissions almost exclusively for Pennsylvania licenses and clearances.  In reality, licensing regulators in all states are aware that "live scan" is not generally available in Pennsylvania, and that therefore you will need to use their special procedures to submit standard FD-258 FBI fingerprint cards, whereupon you (or if absolutely necessary, we) will send the fingerprint card(s) to whatever address you are instructed to use.  Depending on which state you are dealing with, you might want to mention that we are recommended by many local police departments, including the Philadelphia Police Department, and in addition that our fingerprints are, by law, accepted by the FBI. 

c.    If you are making an application for any purpose, in any state, where you "need" (or if you think you need) fingerprint processing via Identogo, please keep in mind that Identogo normally allows you to bypass their appointment booking system, and instead be fingerprinted by anyone (by us, for instance!) on a fingerprint card--and indeed if you do the Identogo fingerprinting with us, you will have no delay in getting an appointment, because we do not require appointmentswalk-ins are always fine.  Thus, for instance, you do not have a wait for more than a month to get an appointment at a New Jersey live-scan location in order to complete your New Jersey Firearms Licensing application, because we can fingerprint you today, with no appointment.  And as a courtesy, for free, we will always register you on the sometimes confusing Identogo website, although you will still have to pay Identogo's registration fee(s).

d.    In general, if "live scan" equipment cannot record a good set of images for you, or if you or your client is bedridden and thus cannot go to a "live scan" location, or if someone is Disabled/Handicapped in some fashion, or has a Special Need, and thus cannot use "live scan" equipment, or if you have found a "live scan" location that has impossible hours or is just too far away or is in the wrong neighborhood, then we are ready to help--we will work with you to overcome any challenge!  For instance, we have been hired many times by the Department of Human Services of the City of Philadelphia to fingerprint bed-ridden and elderly individuals in their own homes, and we also work with various hospitals in the area to fingerprint their bed-ridden patients.  **If you have a Disability/Handicap or Special Need that prevents you from stepping up, into our Van, then upon request (215.432.5158) we will bring our equipment out, onto the curb at 16th Street, for your convenience.**

e.    We normally do not do fingerprinting for US immigration purposes, because the USCIS has its own in-house fingerprinting system.  However, if the USCIS Application Support Center's "live scan" doesn't work for your fingers, then the USCIS can authorize us to fingerprint you "the old fashioned way."   More importantly, if your immigration attorneys want you to be checked out by the FBI before they file paperwork for you with USCIS, or if you yourself want to make sure, before you file immigration paperwork, that no criminal record exists for "someone" with your same name, birthdate and/or fingerprints, then we are most happy to help you and your lawyers.

f.    Finally, we regret to inform you that we do not "lift" latent fingerprints from objects touched by someone's hands; in addition, we cannot help you with fingerprinting for three very, very specialized clearances:  Act 235, TWIC and Hazmat.  Sorry!

 

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2.  Our fees:

We charge $25 (tax included) if you need one fingerprint card, when you visit us at our location, and for additional cards, the price drops to $20/card.  This is the least expensive price for fingerprinting in the area!  If you need "live scan" fingerprint services in conjunction with Identogo Pennsylvania "Safe Check" clearances, then we offer the very special price of $20.00 (complete), including on-line registration plus the actual preparation of one fingerprint card (or two cards, if a second is needed because of "bad fingers"), but you will still have to pay Identogo's normal processing fee (usually $25.25), and then you will mail (in the very sturdy envelope that we give you for free) to Identogo the fingerprint card(s) that we've prepared for you.

If we are going to visit you at your business or at your home, anywhere in the Delaware Valley, the final cost you pay will be a reflection of our travel and the extra time involved.  Thus, for instance, our minimum fee is $300 (for travel to a business office, or to a private home, in Center City Philadelphia), and this total fee includes up to 15 fingerprint cards.  For a small business with several employees, this pricing can be quite effective, once you take into account the time and the money that will be saved by your staff not having to travel anywhere, or to spend productive time away from your location!  (click here to read more about VIP Fingerprinting at Your Location)

We maintain a computer connection with the Pennsylvania State Police whereby we can secure for you, in 15 minutes, your official Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check. We charge $35 for this service.

Our prices for photos (any size you need for any passport, visa or professional application) can't be beat.  If you need 2 images printed out, the cost is $15; if you need 4 images, then the cost is $25; if you need 6, then the cost is $30; and if you need more than 6, the the cost increases in increments of $5 for every 2 additional photos we print out for you. AND we throw in, for free, your image emailed to you as a jpg or pdf, if you so desire.

For US immigration e-filing paperwork, we charge a flat fee of $100 if you need help with replacing your "Green Card" (this is form I-90, for which USCIS charges $540), or $100 if you need help with replacing your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship (USCIS form N-565, for which the government charges $555).  Please call ahead to book a (Required) appointment for these time-consuming services! 

We accept almost all forms of payment except credit and debit cards and personal checks.  In other words, we welcome cash, money orders and business checks (payable, by the way, to "EAB Trust"), as well as Venmo and CashApp.  ALL PRICES QUOTED INCLUDE TAXES.

 

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3.  Our location and how to get there:

We are not in a building!  Rather, for the last 35 years, we have been in a large Mobile Unit or Van or "lorry," parked near the northwest corner of North 16th and Callowhill Streets, right next to Philadelphia Community College.  In fact we are parked on the west side of North 16th (which has northbound traffic only), between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets.  (If our van had an address, it would be 420 North 16th Street, Phila PA 19130.)  There is excellent on-street parking (paid at on-curb kiosks) on North 16th Street, on Callowhill Street and on Spring Garden Street.   Our Van has big signs on top that say “ROSA PHOTO and FINGERPRINTING.”  If this is confusing, think of a "lunch truck" without food, or a library-on-wheels, or even a blood-mobile!  Here is a map showing where we are in Center City, as well as a photo of our famous Van, along with our even more glorious manager, Ms. Barbara Jackson:

and...

 

Our Manager, Miss Barbara Jackson--the best fingerprinter in Philadelphia--at the back of our high-tech
photo-and-fingerprint mobile unit, located in Center City at 420 N. 16
th St, Philadelphia PA 19130
(between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets, right next to Philadelphia Community College)

 

Directions To Our Location, at 420 North 16th Street, Philadelphia PA 19130

We are right next to Philadelphia Community College, and we are around the corner from the new Philadelphia Police Headquarters (housed in the historic Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Building) and the Philadelphia School District Building; we are also quite near Philadelphia City Hall, the Convention Center, and the entire Museum District along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  There is abundant parking (paid via on-the-curb kiosks) on North 16th, on Callowhill, and on Spring Garden Streets. 

IF YOU ARE DRIVING, WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE BROAD STREET EXIT OF I-676 (the Vine Street Expressway)

WE ARE ALSO VERY CLOSE TO SEVERAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION LINES, FOR INSTANCE:

SEPTA Bus No. 2, which runs north on 16th Street, has a stop at the southeast corner of 16th and Callowhill Streets.  Once you disembark, just look straight ahead (the same direction that the bus is traveling), and then walk north some 90 feet (towards Spring Garden) to our Van, with its big signs that say "Rosa Photo."

SEPTA Market-Frankford subway-elevated train line, or any SEPTA underground trolley line:  use the 15th Street stop; exit onto street at 16th Street and JFK Blvd., walk north 5 short blocks to Callowhill Street (or take SEPTA Bus No. 2 that runs on 16th Street to the corner of Callowhill Street), and then walk an additional 90 feet northbound (towards Spring Garden Street) to our Van.

SEPTA Broad Street subway train line:  use the Spring Garden Street stop; walk westbound along Spring Garden (in the direction of Community College) 2 blocks until the corner of North 16th Street, then turn left (southbound) and walk 200 feet along 16th Street towards Callowhill Street, where you will see our Van, with its big signs that say "Rosa Photo."

 

If You Are Driving:

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Driving southbound on I-95, from northeast Philadelphia or Bucks County:  use Exit 22, which includes the Callowhill Street Exit (and make sure that you stay in the very far right lane of this four-lane exit!).  At the base of the exit ramp (which becomes 2nd Street if you were to continue driving south towards Market Street), make a right turn at the first traffic light into Callowhill Street, and then proceed westbound on Callowhill for five minutes to the corner of 16th Street, and then (finally!) turn right into 16th  Street, whereupon you will see our truck, with its large “Rosa Photo” signs, parked on the left, or west, side of the street.  There is abundant on-street kiosk-paid parking on Callowhill, 16th and Spring Garden Streets.

 

Driving northbound on I-95, from Delaware, Delaware County, PHL Airport and the Walt Whitman Bridge:  use I-95 Exit 22 for Callowhill Street. This is also the exit for I-676 ("Vine Street Expressway").  PLEASE NOTE:  this is a “left exit” and it has two lanes; you should use the right-most lane, because you will immediately exit onto Callowhill Street itself.  Then proceed westbound on Callowhill for five minutes to the corner of 16th Street, and then (finally!) turn right into 16th  Street, whereupon you will see our truck, with its large “Rosa Photo” signs, parked on the left, or west, side of the street.  There is abundant on-street kiosk-paid parking on Callowhill, 16th and Spring Garden Streets.

 

Driving eastbound on the Schuykill Expressway I-76, from the western suburbs (including traffic coming from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension):  use Exit 344, which is the exit for I-676 East towards the Benjamin Franklin Brdige; this is the exit right after the Spring Garden Street Exit.  This “left exit” has two lanes, and you should stay in the right lane because you will then exit at the Broad Street / 15th Street Exit.  Stay in the far right lane of that exit ramp, because at the top of the exit ramp, at the first traffic light, you will make a right turn into 15th Street (southbound), and then proceed to the next corner, whereupon you will make a right turn into Spring Street.  Take Spring Street westbound one block until it ends at the next corner (at 16th Street), whereupon you will make an obligatory right turn and proceed northbound on 16th Street, past Vine Street, and then past the intersection with Callowhill Street, whereupon you will see our truck, with its large “Rosa Photo” signs, parked on the left, or west, side of the street.  There is abundant on-street kiosk-paid parking on Callowhill, 16th and Spring Garden Streets.

 

Driving westbound on the Schuykill Expressway I-76, from south or southwest Philadelphia (including New Jersey traffic using the Walt Whitman Bridge):  use Exit 344, which is the I-676 Exit; this is the Exit after the Exit for Chestnut and Market Streets.  After entering I-676, you will travel eastbound from approx. 1 mile, and you should stay in the far-right lane because you will then exit at the Broad Street / 15th Street Exit.  Stay in the far right lane of that exit ramp, and at the top of the exit ramp, at the traffic light, make a right turn into 15th Street (southbound), and then proceed to the next corner, whereupon you will make a right turn into Spring Street.  Take Spring Street westbound one block until it ends at the next corner (at 16th Street), whereupon you will make an obligatory right turn and proceed northbound on 16th Street, past Vine Street, and then past the intersection with Callowhill Street, whereupon you will see our truck, with its large “Rosa Photo” signs, parked on the left, or west, side of the street.  There is abundant on-street kiosk-paid parking on Callowhill, 16th and Spring Garden Streets.

 

Driving from New Jersey via the Benjamin Franklin Bridge:  use the right or middle lane while on the Bridge, and then move over little-by-little to the right on the bridge's very lengthy off-ramp; proceed straight to the very first traffic light, and make a right turn into the left traffic lane of Franklin Street.  Proceed north one short block to the next corner, which is Callowhill Street, where you will make a right turn and proceed westbound on Callowhill Street for five minutes to the corner of 16th Street, and then (finally!) turn right into 16th  Street, whereupon you will see our truck, with its large “Rosa Photo” signs, parked on the left, or west, side of the street.  There is abundant on-street kiosk-paid parking on Callowhill, 16th and Spring Garden Streets.

 

 

 

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4.  Our hours:

Except for special help with US immigration forms (see below), you will never need an appointment--just walk in!  Fingerprinting usually takes 10-20 minutes.  Photography takes 5-15 minutes.  But if you do want an appointment for any purpose, just call ahead to 215.432.5158--we will accommodate you in any way that we can.  And please do call us if you need special help because of any Disability/Handicap or Special Need.

 

Weekdays: Monday through Friday

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

walk-ins always welcome; appointments needed only for immigration matters

Open on Almost All Saturdays!

12 noon to 5:00 PM

walk-ins always welcome; appointments needed only for immigration matters

     

--We Are Closed Every Sunday--

   
     

Open on certain public holidays

varies by the date

(please contact us to confirm)

        
Dec 23 & 24, 2023 (weekend before Christmas Day) closed Saturday & Sunday  
Dec 25, 2023 (Monday) Christmas Day closed  
Dec 30 & 31, 2023 (weekend before New Year's Day closed Saturday & Sunday  
Jan 1, 2024 (Monday) New Year's Day closed  
Jan 15, 2024 (Monday) Martin Luther King Jr Day

open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM

(these are our normal weekday hours)

Feb 19, 2024 (Monday) Presidents' Day

open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM

(these are our normal weekday hours)

May 25-27, 2024 3-day Memorial Day Weekend closed Sat, Sun, Monday  
July 4-6, 2024 3-day Independence Day Weekend closed Thurs, Fri, Sat  
Aug 31-Sept 2, 2024 3-day Labor Day Weekend closed Sat, Sun, Monday  
Oct 14, 2024 (Monday) Indigenous Peoples' Day open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM

(these are our normal weekday hours)

Nov 11, 2024 (Monday) Veterans Day

open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM

(these are our normal weekday hours)

Nov 23, 2024 (Thursday) Thanksgiving closed for just this one day  
Nov 24, 2024 "Black Friday"

open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM

(these are our normal weekday hours)

Nov 25, 2024 (Saturday after Thanksgiving)

open 12 noon to 5:00 PM

(these are our normal Saturday hours)

Dec 24, 2024 (Tuesday, Christmas Eve) open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 PM

(closing one hour early!)

Dec 25, 2024 (Wednesday) Christmas Day closed  
Dec 31, 2024 (Tuesday, New Year's Eve) open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 PM

(closing one hour early!)

Jan 1, 2025 (Wednesday) New Year's Day closed  
Jan 2, 2025 (Thursday) the day after New Year's open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM

(another year's work begins!)

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5.  Our fingerprint cards or yours ???

If you have been given a fingerprint card by your company, or by a government agency, then you (and we) should use it, but if it gets damaged, do not despair--we have plenty of blank FBI fingerprint cards (forms FD-258, FD-1164 and SF-87) to serve as replacements, and we provide these FBI cards for free!  By the same token, if you need your fingerprinting to be "done yesterday," and the fingerprint card(s) for which you are waiting still have not arrived, then often-times we can use our blank/generic FBI cards instead.  And there is no extra charge when we use our cards instead of yours!   

In addition, if you have been given the option of downloading a pdf image of an FD-258 fingerprint card, and then printing it out on regular white "typing paper," then please think, instead, about using the free FBI fingerprint cards that we provide, because fingerprint ink adheres best on real FBI cards, and we want your finished fingerprints to look perfect!

 

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6.  Entering personal data on a fingerprint card

Please allow us to help you enter your data on your fingerprint card--we really know how to do it, and we have a complete list of the official abbreviations that the FBI accepts for such items as hair color, eye color and race.  But if you want to do it yourself, at least please PRINT (in other words, use Block Letters, and not cursive) and please use Black Ink (in other words, don't use blue, green or red ink).  Here is an image of one of the three fingerprint cards that we use, namely an FD-258:

 

 

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7.  VIP Fingerprinting at Your Location

If it serves your needs, we will come to your business, or even to your home, to fingerprint you or your staff.  This is especially useful if you are too busy to travel, or if you are home-bound or Disabled/Handicapped or if you have a Special Need, or if your staff is so large that it is not economical to send so many people to us, when we can instead come to you.

Although when you come to our location we charge $20 per fingerprint card (after the first card, which is priced at $25), on the other hand, if we are fingerprinting you at your location, there will be a minimum charge that takes into account the time consumed for two of us to travel to you.  In fact, our minimum fee (for travel to locations within Center City) is $300, whereas we charge $320-$400 for travel to certain "remote" parts of Philadelphia, and even more for distant suburbs.  In fact, we have fingerprinted companies and private groups in in Scranton, Harrisburg and York PA, in Newark NJ, in various towns in northern Maryland, and all over the state of Delaware.

Good News:  our minimum charge always includes the cost of preparing a certain number of fingerprint cards.  For instance, if your business or home is in Center City (where our minimum charge is $300), we include the preparation of up to 15 cards.  Thus, if you need 15 fingerprint cards for 1 person, or 3 cards each for 5 people, etc., then you would be paying us $300 if your staff travelled to us, but not a cent extra if we come to you.  And, for orders of 15+ cards, the "minimum travel fee" would not come into play at all:  for instance, if you are in Center City and you need 18 cards to be prepared, then we simply would charge you a total of $360 (18 x $20).  For any business, large or small, this pricing can be quite effective, taking into consideration the time, and the money, saved by virtue of your staff not having to travel anywhere, nor lose time away from your office! 

Here's another example:  if your business is located in the far-western suburb of Paoli, and if you need, let's say, 25 fingerprint cards to be prepared, then you would simply pay us $500 for the entire project, with no travel charge, taking into account that our minimum fee for travel/time would be $480 (based on your location), and indeed that fee itself would have included preparation of up to the first 24 fingerprint cards. 

We accept all forms of payment except credit cards and personal checks.  In other words, we accept cash, money orders, business checks (payable, by the way, to "EAB Trust"), as well as Venmo and CashApp.  ALL QUOTED PRICES INCLUDE TAXES.

 

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8.  Other services we offer:

Photography for US Passports and for Passports of other countries--including photos 2" x 2", also 35 x 45 mm, 50 x 70 mm, etc.

Photography (all sizes) for visa applications for people traveling to other countries, including photos for Schengen visas (35 x 45 mm)

Photography for USCIS applications and petitions (immigration to the USA)

Photography/fingerprinting for gun licenses / "carry permits" for several states (including Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and for ATF

The charge, per person, for a set of one or two passport or visa photos (size 2" x 2," or 35 x 45 mm [for certain foreign countries, and for Schengen visa applications], or 50 x 70 mm, or any other special size you need) is $15.00.  The cost of four such photos is $25.00-- and then simply add $5.00 for each additional set of two photos, if you need a total, for instance, of 6 or 8 or 10.

Design and preparation of plastic ID cards for businesses-- please call to discuss your needs and how we can help you

Pennsylvania State Police on-line applications/filings for criminal record background clearances (and your results are back, and in your hands, within 15 minutes).  The charge is $35.

USCIS e-filings (while you wait) for certain US immigration applications and petitions, in particular to renew a "green card" (form I-90, for which the government fee is $540, and then we charge $100 for our work), and to replace a lost certificate of naturalization/citizenship (form N-565, for which the government fee is $555, and then we charge $100 for our work)--Please call ahead to book a (Required) appointment for these time-consuming services! 

US immigrant visa lottery ("Green Card" lottery) on-line filings, including the required photos

Infopass appointments for all USCIS (immigration) offices

Translations to-and-from English, Spanish and Romanian

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR DISABLED CLIENTS:  **If you have a Handicap or Special Need that prevents you from stepping up, into our Van, and if you let us know that you are coming to visit us, then at no extra charge we will bring our equipment out of our Van, onto the 16th Street sidewalk, for your convenience.**   Please call 215-432-5158 for details.

 

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9. HOW YOU CAN EASILY CONTACT US:

Administrative Office Telephone 215.432.5158 (7am-11pm, every day)
Phone at the Rosa Photo/Fingerprint Van 215.219.9238 (M-F 8-5, Sat 12-5)
Hear a recorded message / leave a voice message (after hours, or if our phone lines are tied up) 215.432.5158
Send us an e-mail intlfam2003@yahoo.com
Send us a text message 215.432.5158
Send us "snail mail" 518 S 12th Street, Phila PA 19147

 

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goodbye, y'all, out there in cyberspace--come back and visit soon !
best regards from Barbara, Robert, and Howard

xxxxx

 

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2023 EAB Trust/Rosa Photo
last update 11 December 2023

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST !!!

and                          

SLAVA UKRAINI !!!