A truck driver from Ryley, Alta. is fighting federal immigration officials who believe that his marriage to a 23-year-old Filipino woman is not legitimate.

Carwin Miltimore, 60, met his wife Marife on an online dating site. The couple had their first face-to-face meeting in the Philippines in April 2008, four months after they made contact online. They married ten months later.

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Marife Miltimore remains in the Philippines while her husband continues his battle with Canadian immigration officials. (Travis McEwan/CBC News)

However, Miltimore's application to bring his wife to Canada was rejected by a visa officer. The 37-year age difference led the officer to believe that Marife married Miltimore as a way to come to Canada.

But Miltimore says he isn't being duped and that he and Marife love each other.

A federal immigration tribunal ruled in Miltimore's favour but federal officials are asking for the decision to be overturned because Marife wasn't cross-examined.  The matter will be heard on Aug. 27.

Miltimore calls the whole process a waste of money.

"She's not a threat to Canada. We're not staying here long," he said. "When I retire, we're going back. We just want to be together. If this fails, I'll probably quit my job and move."

Miltimore says he's already spent about $10,000 on his legal battle.