Somebody told me the dependents will loose their status due to my new visa as the old one will be canceled in the process.
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Generally speaking as long as you are maintaining your status it doesn't matter if the visa is expired. So if you're in school with a valid I-20 you're fine. As are you dependents. If you have to travel outside of the US you will need to obtain a new visa to enter. I've certainly had cases where dependents did it at a different time than the principal beneficiary of the visa with no problem so I don't think that they would lose their status as long as you're re-entering with the same status.
A colleague can correct me if I'm wrong though.
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