This time, the categories are being dropped. No more Q1, P2 and P1 passes, it's all simply EP now. Sounds like a good idea too, though it makes the whole thing a bit less transparent. Checking on MoM website, I found something strange regarding the SAT:
Does that mean that 90% of EP applications for eligible persons are being approved? I would find that a bit strange. Not sure if that text is new or not.Employers are encouraged to use the online Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to check if the applicant meets the requirements. This tool gives you a preliminary indication of whether the applicant qualifies.
The SAT is accurate. If the SAT indicates that the candidate is not eligible, you should not send the Employment Pass application as it will be rejected. If the SAT indicates that the candidate is eligible, 9 out of 10 of such applications will be approved. The rejections that occur even when the SAT says yes are due to factors that the SAT cannot consider, such as poor company profiles and applicants with adverse records.