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Joe Giudice Granted Permission to Be Sent to Italy as He Awaits Deportation Case Decision
The Real Housewives of New Jersey husband is still waiting on the final decision to be made in his pending deportation case.
On Thursday (October 3), Joe Giudice was granted permission to wait out the final decision in connection with his pending deportation case in his native Italy and be moved out of ICE custody, according to multiple outlets. According to Us Weekly, two judges approved The Real Housewives of New Jersey husband 's request to be moved out of the facility where he is currently staying and go back to Italy.
“[Joe wants to] begin working and contributing financially to his wife and four kids,” Giudice family attorney James J. Leonard Jr. said in the docs obtained by Us Weekly on October 3.
E! News reports that arrangements are being made for Joe to make the trip to Italy as quickly as possible. In order for him to go back to his native Italy, a travel document must be produced and flight arrangements must be made; he is expected to return to Italy within weeks. A source tells E! News that there is a plan and location already picked out for the RHONJ husband.
The next court date in connection with Joe's appeal is slated for November.
On Tuesday, September 24, Joe's lawyers filed a petition asking that he be sent to Italy as he waits for a final decision regarding his pending deportation, according to PEOPLE. “Given the hardship to Mr. Giudice and his family from his continued detention, the balance of irreparable harm has shifted and [Joe] has asked that the stay be lifted so that he could be released from USICE custody and returned to Italy during the pendency of this case,” the request obtained by PEOPLE reads.
According to a report on September 25, Leonard Jr. certified in a separate document obtained by PEOPLE that Joe “believes that his continued detention would create an extreme hardship on his family and he wishes to be released so that [he] can begin working and contributing financially to his wife and four young children, something that he has repeatedly stated he intends to do upon his release from custody.”
The decision comes after a judge recently denied Joe's request to be released from ICE custody and allowed to be with wife Teresa Giudice and their four daughters — Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, Audriana, 10 — while he awaits a final decision in his deportation case.
A judge ordered that Joe be deported back to Italy, where he was born, in October 2018. His appeal of that ruling was denied in April. He has been staying in "a facility in western Pennsylvania, which houses immigration detainees" since he was released from federal prison in March after completing his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Joe was granted permission to stay in the U.S. in May amid his ongoing deportation case.
Teresa reflects more on Joe's possible deportation in the above video exclusive for Bravo Insider, below.
Teresa and Joe's journey will also be featured on Season 10 of RHONJ premiering on November 6 at 9/8c. Preview, below.