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The rules are that you should have been resident in the UK for the three years immediately prior to starting university to qualify for home fees. You can read more about eligibility for student fees here:
Also look at the UKCISA website:
Universities make decisions on fee status after an application has been made and the offer of a place on academic grounds has been made.
Please look at:
We are not experts on VISAs, but I think the decision will depend on your status as residents. Do you have settled status? Look at the definition at:
Contact SFE (link above) or UKCISA for more advice.
I hope this helps and good luck to your sons with their applications!