Two New Zealanders are heading to court today in a case that could affect thousands of migrants and their families.

Auckland university professor Michael Witbrock and Levin businessman David Higgs are fighting the government's stance on overseas visa applications during the pandemic.

Both men have been unable to bring their partners into New Zealand - Witbrock's husband is in China, while Higgs had been due to marry his fiancée last year but she and her two sons are still in Indonesia.

They say immigration minister Kris Faafoi's decisions to suspend and then cancel visa applications have breached New Zealand's international obligations.

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