Joe Giudice‘s deportation appeal has been denied.
Weeks after the Real Housewives of New Jersey dad was taken into custody by ICE after serving a 41-month prison sentence, he’s learned, via mail, that he is still in jeopardy of being sent back to his native Italy.
“The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled against Joe in an April 6 decision,” a source close to Joe confirmed to E! News on April 18.
According to the report, the appeal process is “done entirely by mail,” which is why Teresa Giudice‘s husband was not delivered the news in person.
Although ICE’s ruling was made official earlier this month, the insider said Joe has one last chance to avoid deportation and on Wednesday, his legal team filed a petition requesting the federal court review the decision. That said, if the federal court denies the request, Joe will be deported.
Joe filed an appeal in November of last year after a judge ruled in favor of his deportation one month prior. Then, in March, after being released from prison, Joe was taken into custody by ICE and transferred to an immigration detention center.
“Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees,” his family attorney, James Leonard Jr., said in a statement at the time. “His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him.”
“It’s like starting a whole new life,” she said. “And [her daughters have] been through so much already. So, I mean, I’m not doing a long-distance relationship. I’m just not doing it. I want somebody with me every day. I know exactly what happens, I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens. We do the long-distance thing? It’s not going to work. I’ll be like, ‘bye-bye.'”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 10 is currently in production and expected to air on Bravo TV later this year.
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