2. i'm not sure if birth notariztion if ok or not.
3. it's better to get the assessment first. if you're not in a rush, use internet filing and you'll get back in one month's time.
4. shanghai is relatively easier to get the visa, but be sure to submit all required document if you don't want to risk.
5. they might ask your parent to do a medical check, give yourself 2 months advance time.