Some embassies require application forms to be filled out online. This way it is easier for them to transfer the information into immigration system when they process visas. However, in majority of cases they do not start processing your application (unless it’s an eVisa) until you submit the actual printed out and signed document as well as the payment to the embassy.
If the embassy does require a visa form filled out electronically, there is no way around it and the form will need to be done online.
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