Kiwi mum Natalie Copestake is thousands of kilometres away from her Nigerian husband Emmanuel Okunade as they battle with Immigration NZ to get him a visitor visa.

Copestake, 44, met Okunade, 35, online in 2013 and got married to him two years ago, but INZ is refusing to accept their relationship is genuine and stable.

Couples who meet online struggle to prove to Immigration NZ that their love is real

She is one of thousands of Kiwis who have met their foreign partners online and finding it difficult to meet immigration requirements to get a visa for