Well that's true. but I was informed that google does not approve writers from some parts of the world straight off even if one has content to show. :o/
There was a mess up in my address when I signed up and they refused to approve me saying I don't have enough original content. (that's no reason, they just give that as a standard answer). Even after 6 months they never responded to my applications...several times there was not even a rejection message...which left me clueless and demotivated...I guess I kept applying from my own website too, which confused them. Finally I got approved within a day after I posted my frustrations on the google adsense help forum and they surprised me by having a google adsense rep. chat with me online via my gmail chat the same day. He reviewed my articles while I was on the chat with him. He made some suggestions (beware sometimes they can ask for too much). He asked me to add 8 more articles to make it to 15 to approve me. (Felt that was an unfair request after leaving me clueless for 16 months). So I mentioned to him about my accolades at hubpages and reviews here, and finally he settled with 3 more articles for me to add to get me approved. Though I was not pleased with that because I had to upload my generic non-animation/art related articles to my art account. Anyway at least I was relieved I got my account approved. But it took them 16 months...So I lost any revenue I could have got through google adsense till 2 months ago.
So yeah, you may want to take my final route which helped me succeed...write to Google adsense help...than waste anymore time waiting. Hope this helps