F-1 or F-2 Extension—Leaving Country Prior to Visa Expiration

I have two more years to complete a Ph.D. with a valid I-20, but my Visa expires in August 2013. I want to visit India in June-July 2013. If I come back in July, do I need to apply for F-1 visa (and F-2 visa for my family) extension? Would I have problem in reentry if I have one more month of valid F-1/F-2 visa?

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You will need a new visa only if you return after August 2013. Check with your DSO to make sure you have all the appropriate requirements completed.

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