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There's a New Update in Joe Giudice's Deportation Case

The RHONJ dad and his legal team are "hopeful" to one day have him return to the U.S. after his appeal was denied in 2020.

By Jocelyn Vena
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There has been a new update in Joe Giduice's deportation case. The ex-husband of The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice is working with immigration attorney Jessica Cadavid in the hopes that he can return to the United States after he was deported in 2019 and his deportation appeal was denied in April 2020. The attorney, according to multiple reports, has filed for a waiver of inadmissibility, which she described to Us Weekly as a “kind of a forgiveness from the United States government.”

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According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, the waiver of inadmissibility would "allow certain inadmissible foreign nationals to enter the United States temporarily as nonimmigrants."

Joe spoke about the latest legal move in a statement to E! News, noting that it "could take up to a year" to get an answer, but "I pray for a miracle that it's sooner."

He added, "I feel I deserve one because I did my time for a mistake that I deeply regret. It cost me my life, my family. It was a bad judgment on my end, which I deeply regret. If I could do it all over again, I would never make that mistake knowing what I know now and all I've learned. I have worked hard day in and day out to prove myself."

Joe noted to E! News that while he communicates often with his four daughters, Gia, 20, Gabriella, 17, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 12, and sees them as frequently as possible (he splits his time between his native Italy and the Bahamas), "it's not the same as if I were in Jersey with them and could see them every day... Regarding my legal fight, my girls know that I won't stop and will do everything in my power until I can be with them again."

He mirrored that sentiment in a separate statement to Us Weekly: “I would like to be able to see my children again in our home state, be a part of their lives, be physically present when they need me and watch them grow up... I yearn to hold my grandmother in my arms again before the time comes [in which] she is no longer on this Earth. [I want to] be with my mother [and] my family, to be in the place I have called home since I was a year old... I’m hopeful and pray that I can finally go home in the near future."

His attorney added to the publication, “[But] we are hopeful that this time around, we can take a look at his file with time that has passed from his deportation and the fact that he has a family here, he still has children here. He could ask the government for forgiveness and at least come back to be able to see his family.”

Joe and Teresa officially divorced in September 2020. Teresa recently confirmed her engagement to Luis "Louie" Ruelas in October. And when speaking to E! News, Joe added, "Teresa and I are in a good place and I wish her nothing but happiness from the bottom of my heart."

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