The Assistant Stork
Your Document And Visa Specialists

The US Department of State, the Embassies and the Assistant Stork will be closed Monday, February 18, 2013 for President's Day.


As of 9/17/2012

The US Department of State is changing their processing time.  Instead of processing documents while you wait, it will now take 3 - 5 business days.

Courier for Ethiopia Visas

Please use the service of your choice (i.e. FedEx/ExpressMail/UPS) to mail your documents to:

The Assistant Stork
Laura Morrison
2144 Aquia Drive
Stafford, VA  22554
Our phone number is:  540-659-6845

Please be sure to sign the "waiver of signature" on your package if you send your documents via ExpressMail.  We are in DC processing dossiers when the mail carrier arrives.  There is a special place the mail carrier leaves the dossiers that only he or she can see from our door, not visible to the street.  This is not necessary with UPS or FedEx, but please do not REQUIRE a signature.  Do not bother sending your package any faster than Priority Overnight.  We live far enough away from the airport that First Overnight does not get here until long after Steve has left for DC. 
Open your passport and lay it flat and put it inside another envelope. Make sure those passports don't FEEL like passports from the outside.
Be sure to use the new Application Form.  It's found on
Please email us your tracking number when you send your documents so we'll know to look for them.
1.  A check made out to The Assistant Stork for our fee of $65 for one visa, or $50 each for two or more visas. 

2.  A prepaid, self addressed FedEx/UPS/ExpressMail (whichever you prefer) envelope for us to send you back your documents.  If you choose to send FedEx or UPS, please get an account number.  They are free and will save you money.  Go to, or to create your labels.  Do not give us a Priority Mail label to send out your completed documents unless you have created the return mailing label on-line at We will not send back anything not trackable.  This is for your protection as well as ours.

3.  A completely filled out visa application (with photo paper-clipped). Photo should be full face, front view, bareheaded passport-photo-style, 2" x 2".  No artistic/glamor photo, group photo, or photocopy of photo is acceptable.  They do not want you to attach the photo.  Please just paperclip it to your application. Make a guess as to the date of departure. The Embassy knows it's not written in stone. Tourist visas will be good from the day they are processed and good for two years. Business visas are good for the term of your invitation.  And your border of first entry is "Addis Ababa" unless you are entering the country in a different city.
4.  Your passport(s)
5.  A money order or cashier's check (they won't accept personal checks) made out to "The Embassy of Ethiopia" for $70 per visa. 

6. Invitation Letter if you are requesting a Business Visa.

All Adoptions are Tourist Visas. If you are adopting, PURPOSE OF TRAVEL IS TOURISM/FAMILY VISIT. Do not put "Other: Adoption."

Visas are processed in 2-5 business days, depending on the Embassy's workload.

Please call or email if you have any other questions.  My number is 540-659-6845 and I'm available M-F from 9 AM-4 PM EST.

For questions or comments, drop us an email at