Starting next year, the public will be able to apply for all kinds of visas online, a senior official from the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) said. Until now, the facility was restricted to registered companies. Lieutenant Colonel Nasir Khalid Al Marzouqi, assistant director for the IT department at DNRD, said applications for online visas will be opened to the public next year. He said all online visa applications must be accompanied by photos of the applicants. Photographs "No visa applied online will be accepted without photographs of the applicants," he said. He said the move was undertaken following an instruction by Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, that all visa applications, whether online or on paper, must have photos of the applicants. "Visas without photos will be rejected," Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of DNRD, told Gulf News. "This is not a new rule but some online applicants used to ignore this rule. From now on rules will be implemented strictly," he said. In order to sort out the issue with companies, DNRD organised a workshop this week for 600 representatives of firms in Dubai. Al Marzouqi said that adding the photo for the applicant online will make it easy for both the residency department and the company which applied for the visit visa.