Speak with your spouse's school's DSO and/or foreign student adviser. You will need to apply for the extension/renewal of your visa prior to the expiration date found on that visa stamp.
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Hi, a visa renewal is also necessary if you plan to leave the United States and return.
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Yes, you will need to extend your visa prior to it's expiration.
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No, you do not need to renew your visa--UNLESS you plan on traveling outside the country. As long as your spouse is in valid F-1 status, and you are married to him/her, your F-2 status is also valid. Remember, "visa" is an entry document, while "status" is what determines how long you can stay. Since your status is "D/S" there's no expiration on your status. But when you leave the country you will need a new visa stamp to re enter.
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Your atYus is relative to your spouse maintaining F1 status and having a valid I20. The visa stamp in your passport is not required to be valid if you Re already in the U.S. admitted as a student spouse (F2). You will need to discuss any planned departures from the U.S. with your spouse and the DSO in order to have the right documents to make a new visa application at a U.S. Consulate or embassy in order to return to the U.S. (Note a visa and a status have two different meanings and the terms can be confusing if used incorrectly.)
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