Lets break this down.
Vietnam’s application was and still is on the list of VAs that are ready to be selected from by review groups for review, feedback and hopefully (and usually) approval once that process is complete. I got a DM from your then COO at the beginning of the month politely inquiring about the status of Vietnam’s application. We carried out a pleasant discussion over thirteen messages where I answered plenty of questions in detail that I’m sure he shared with you. Here are some key details from that discussion.
With a month remaining before your application reached the expiry date, I got a message from your COO indicating that he had taken over as CEO for Vietnam. He applied for an extension to get things in order which I approved. You never got an approval as you simply just hadn’t been selected by a review group to start the process yet. There are several VAs that are currently active as well as currently in the approval process that got selected within a week of their application expiring and I know of at least a couple that got selected on the last day even.
Again, you were pending selection by a review group, as mentioned above. The staff recruitment thread is there for prospective VAs to fill in holes that they need filled to help get the VA through the process and approved.
No where is it stipulated that the documents we ask for need to be of professional grade. There is plenty we can take away from the documents though such as goals, commitment, planning, and more. What’s your general attitude? Do you present yourself well? Do you care about this VA that you wish to open? Can you follow simple directions? You’d be surprised at the number of applications I get where the applicant has clearly not read a single word of the VA Application Process thread, even after linking them directly to it as a response.
So while Vietnam VA hasn’t been approved or selected for review at this time, it also hasn’t been denied as it is still an open application in the process.