Son's appeal to stay in Bolton to provide 24-hour care for his elderly parents

Oleksandr Zarvanskyy, centre, with mum Eniliya and Paul Stec

Oleksandr Zarvanskyy, centre, with mum Eniliya and Paul Stec

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , entertainment reporter

A DEVOTED son is appealing to immigration chiefs to allow him to stay in Bolton to care for his elderly parents.

Oleksandr Zarvanskyy says he has sacrificed his own family life in Ukraine to help provide round-the-clock care for step-father Paul Stec, aged 90, and his mother Eniliya, aged 78.

The 49-year-old has lived with the pair in their flat in Glaisdale Close, Tonge Moor, for the past 18 months, looking after Mr Stec who uses a wheelchair, walking stick, has cataracts and started showing signs of dementia two years ago.

Mr Zarvanskyy, speaking through a translator, said: “I want to be allowed to stay with my family to look after them.

“I would like to have the right to stay and help them. I want the best for my mum and her husband and that’s it.”

Mr Zarvanskyy came to Bolton from Ukraine in 2012 for a 15-day visit to see his family, including his daughter Viktoriya Zarvanska, who now lives in Bradford.

The 22-year-old was brought up in Bolton after her grandma, along with her husband of 20 years, were granted guard-ianship following the death of her mother, Halyna, while they were visiting in 2001.

The 31-year-old had been suffering from Hodgkin’s Disease for eight years and was cleared to travel to Britain by Ukrainian doctors but fell ill and died. She is buried at Heaton Cemetery.

Although he has a wife and young daughter in Ukraine, Mr Zarvanskyy argues he has more family in England and it is particularly important in their culture to care for elderly parents.

Myron Stawychny, a Ukrainian welfare officer in Bolton, said: “They feel more confident with someone they know rather than a stranger coming in. To them, he is like gold. He is doing somebody else’s job 24:7.”

Mr Zarvanskyy was granted a one-year family visa, valid from June 26, 2012, after which he was told to return to the Ukraine.

He made an appeal to stay but was turned down and is now waiting to hear if can appeal again.

Sylvia Stec, wife of Mr Stec’s son who is also called Paul, said: “While he was here, his mum said she was struggling looking after Paul. It’s too much for her, sometimes he falls out of bed.”

Mrs Stec, who lives in Bury, visits three times a week but fears father-of-three Mr Stec, a retired mill worker who came to Bolton in 1945, will have to go into a care home without Mr Zarvanskyy living with them.

A Home Office spokesman said: “All applications are considered on their individual merits.”

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9:51am Fri 9 May 14

Jim271 says...

If he cannot speak English he should not be in the Country.

He will be claiming Asylum next and will get it.

Is there no limits to what these parasites will go to in order to get money off the British taxpayer?
If he cannot speak English he should not be in the Country. He will be claiming Asylum next and will get it. Is there no limits to what these parasites will go to in order to get money off the British taxpayer? Jim271
  • Score: 33

9:54am Fri 9 May 14

atlas123 says...

What effort has he made to learn to speak English in the last 18months.

There are local courses!
What effort has he made to learn to speak English in the last 18months. There are local courses! atlas123
  • Score: 49

10:18am Fri 9 May 14

Jim271 says...

He's made no effort he is lying pure and simple, haven't we got enough people with these Hungarians swarming around without the Ukrainians as well.

How can he be classed a carer when he cant speak English, its rubbish, send him back before he disappears.
He's made no effort he is lying pure and simple, haven't we got enough people with these Hungarians swarming around without the Ukrainians as well. How can he be classed a carer when he cant speak English, its rubbish, send him back before he disappears. Jim271
  • Score: 35

10:25am Fri 9 May 14

Gore Seer says...

He As A Wife And Child, Surly They Are Is Priority, Would This Man Abandon His Family.
He As A Wife And Child, Surly They Are Is Priority, Would This Man Abandon His Family. Gore Seer
  • Score: 42

10:27am Fri 9 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

Hows about they all go back where they bloody come from!!
Hows about they all go back where they bloody come from!! Wolfie190
  • Score: 36

11:46am Fri 9 May 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Arfur Shilling Phoenix Nights. Google it...
Arfur Shilling Phoenix Nights. Google it... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 12

12:19pm Fri 9 May 14

Supersidley says...

I agree with the previous comments, he's made no effort to learn English in his 18 months here, this country is seen as a soft touch and I think this guy is trying to play the system for his own benefit, there is no mention of how he affords to live while he's here but I bet he's on a **** sight more than he would be back in his homeland thanks no doubt to our benefits system.
I agree with the previous comments, he's made no effort to learn English in his 18 months here, this country is seen as a soft touch and I think this guy is trying to play the system for his own benefit, there is no mention of how he affords to live while he's here but I bet he's on a **** sight more than he would be back in his homeland thanks no doubt to our benefits system. Supersidley
  • Score: 32

12:19pm Fri 9 May 14

johnnyjackson says...

arse wipe
arse wipe johnnyjackson
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Fri 9 May 14

boltonnut says...

Get rid of the ugly sod.
Get rid of the ugly sod. boltonnut
  • Score: 11

1:03pm Fri 9 May 14

Lancashire always says...

Who is paying to look after the family he has deserted back home ? This has got to be a classic hmmm its nice here innit ?

If he can pay to look after them himself and his " Family " back home i for one would welcome him with open arms but i seriously doubt it,

And after a failed attempts to stay in the country after a 12 month visa was issued which part of NO did he or did he not understand ? are we now paying for his second appeal ? Priceless.........
Who is paying to look after the family he has deserted back home ? This has got to be a classic hmmm its nice here innit ? If he can pay to look after them himself and his " Family " back home i for one would welcome him with open arms but i seriously doubt it, And after a failed attempts to stay in the country after a 12 month visa was issued which part of NO did he or did he not understand ? are we now paying for his second appeal ? Priceless......... Lancashire always
  • Score: 35

5:32pm Fri 9 May 14

sueie1 says...

No doubt WHEN he is allowed to stay, the next thing he will do will to get his wife and child over here too, so the family can be together.
No doubt WHEN he is allowed to stay, the next thing he will do will to get his wife and child over here too, so the family can be together. sueie1
  • Score: 14

9:02pm Fri 9 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

What idiot let him in in the first place?
What benefits have been lavished upon him?
Why doesn't he care for his parents in Ukraine if they want to retain the culture so much?
How has he paid for legal advice?
Has child benefit been paid for the child in Ukraine?
Why has he not been deported?
If it is so hard to get rid of visa abusers, why give the visas in the first place?
Why doesn't BN properly report the real story here?
What idiot let him in in the first place? What benefits have been lavished upon him? Why doesn't he care for his parents in Ukraine if they want to retain the culture so much? How has he paid for legal advice? Has child benefit been paid for the child in Ukraine? Why has he not been deported? If it is so hard to get rid of visa abusers, why give the visas in the first place? Why doesn't BN properly report the real story here? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 12

10:17am Sat 10 May 14

Gore Seer says...

Ho Yes Don't Forget They Are Better Workers Than Us English Work Shy We Are, Then Theres That Other Reason Is They Do The Jobs That I Would Never Do, I Must Have Missed Some Lousy Jobs, I Have Been A Care Worker At Two Nursing Homes.
Ho Yes Don't Forget They Are Better Workers Than Us English Work Shy We Are, Then Theres That Other Reason Is They Do The Jobs That I Would Never Do, I Must Have Missed Some Lousy Jobs, I Have Been A Care Worker At Two Nursing Homes. Gore Seer
  • Score: 4

10:56am Sat 10 May 14

BG2012 says...

Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.
Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly. BG2012
  • Score: -5

4:07pm Sat 10 May 14

Lancashire always says...

BG2012 wrote:
Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Hope so I want to emigrate to Australia on my commode and hope they waive the 100k joining fee to become an Australian resident for me and my Son who will definitely need to be my carer. Hopefully his wife will understand him leaving her behind because he has always been a considerate soul , Ha ha ha ha ha ha and another ha!
[quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Hope so I want to emigrate to Australia on my commode and hope they waive the 100k joining fee to become an Australian resident for me and my Son who will definitely need to be my carer. Hopefully his wife will understand him leaving her behind because he has always been a considerate soul , Ha ha ha ha ha ha and another ha! Lancashire always
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Sat 10 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

BG2012 wrote:
Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.
Overstaying a visa is a CRIMINAL offence. By definition, criminals are immoral. If he's so nice and the culture is better in the Ukraine, then why not take his parents there? It's obvious that he's after UK residence and a benefits gravy train. If he's so nice, why didn't he leave when his visa expired?
[quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.[/p][/quote]Overstaying a visa is a CRIMINAL offence. By definition, criminals are immoral. If he's so nice and the culture is better in the Ukraine, then why not take his parents there? It's obvious that he's after UK residence and a benefits gravy train. If he's so nice, why didn't he leave when his visa expired? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 4

7:09pm Sat 10 May 14

berushka says...

BG2012 wrote:
Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.
agree. all these people, so quick to judge this man, yet they say nowt about all the locals scrounging off of the state and too bone idle to work. miserable Bolton morons.
[quote][p][bold]BG2012[/bold] wrote: Well I must be a soft touch after reading all them comments. My thoughts were 'what a nice man wanting to care for his elderly parents who are struggling'. As for the english lessons.... for all u know he could genuinly be going back to his family when this is all over, so why would he learn a 2nd language. I think you are all rather harsh. Dont judge when u dont know the full facts. I'd hope that when i'm older that my children will look after me and care for me. Least his culture seem to have some morals about how to care for the elderly.[/p][/quote]agree. all these people, so quick to judge this man, yet they say nowt about all the locals scrounging off of the state and too bone idle to work. miserable Bolton morons. berushka
  • Score: -5

5:38pm Sun 11 May 14

bwfc58 says...

Well all I can say is on the 22nd of this month most of us can go out and vote for UKIP, as they are the only party that will at long long last put a stop to all these immigrants coming over to our once great country to claim benefits like this man is doing and if he gets is way the rest of his family will be coming to live in our once great country and yes they to will be claiming benefits, the so called three main parties have done nothing for the English and British people for many many years again fact, but they seem to give quite a lot to the immigrants again fact, so come on lets tell all our families and friends to get out there and vote for UKIP, now only a few will not agree with me but I do not care about them, and most of you will agree with me and I do care very much for you and this once great country of ours, so again lets claim our once great country back by voting for UKIP.
Well all I can say is on the 22nd of this month most of us can go out and vote for UKIP, as they are the only party that will at long long last put a stop to all these immigrants coming over to our once great country to claim benefits like this man is doing and if he gets is way the rest of his family will be coming to live in our once great country and yes they to will be claiming benefits, the so called three main parties have done nothing for the English and British people for many many years again fact, but they seem to give quite a lot to the immigrants again fact, so come on lets tell all our families and friends to get out there and vote for UKIP, now only a few will not agree with me but I do not care about them, and most of you will agree with me and I do care very much for you and this once great country of ours, so again lets claim our once great country back by voting for UKIP. bwfc58
  • Score: 4

10:32pm Sun 11 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

...one little technical problem there. UKIP want to limit NET immigration to 50,000 per annum. Since 200-300,000 leave each year, that means total immigration 250-350,000. Only one party stands for zero actual immigration and it's not UKIP. However, a vote for UKIP sends a strong message to Cameron.
...one little technical problem there. UKIP want to limit NET immigration to 50,000 per annum. Since 200-300,000 leave each year, that means total immigration 250-350,000. Only one party stands for zero actual immigration and it's not UKIP. However, a vote for UKIP sends a strong message to Cameron. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Mon 12 May 14

Janbur says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
...one little technical problem there. UKIP want to limit NET immigration to 50,000 per annum. Since 200-300,000 leave each year, that means total immigration 250-350,000. Only one party stands for zero actual immigration and it's not UKIP. However, a vote for UKIP sends a strong message to Cameron.
maybe peope wouldn't leave this country if there were more jobs for them and more houses,instead of giving them to immigrants.That was some of the reasons my 2 sisters left this country
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: ...one little technical problem there. UKIP want to limit NET immigration to 50,000 per annum. Since 200-300,000 leave each year, that means total immigration 250-350,000. Only one party stands for zero actual immigration and it's not UKIP. However, a vote for UKIP sends a strong message to Cameron.[/p][/quote]maybe peope wouldn't leave this country if there were more jobs for them and more houses,instead of giving them to immigrants.That was some of the reasons my 2 sisters left this country Janbur
  • Score: 1

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