SOLOMON Islands High Commission office in Port Moresby is expected to lodge all visa applications of students studying at various universities in Papua New Guinea today.
One student was informed by PNG High Commission office in Honiara when he enquired about it yesterday.
The office said, SI High Commission had given assurance to lodge them visa applications with the Immigration Department today.
This after it had received cover letters from the universities to complete the visa requirement.
Students have been waiting for their visa applications since early this month and missed the start of academic year at some universities like University of Technology, Goroka and Divine Word University this week.
One student said, the governments of PNG and SI need to find some solution to the visa delay otherwise students will continue to experience this problem every year.
A officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, both governments are taking the visa issue seriously after PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato paid a courtesy call to his counterpart, Milner Tozaka in Honiara on Monday.
PNG has shifted the visa processing back to Port Moresby February last year after a standoff with Australia.
This resulted in PNG banning visas on arrival for all Australian visitors, after the Abbott government refused to return the favour to their nearest neighbour.