On Thursday, Joe, 49, was granted permission to move to the European country and continue to appeal his deportation order. Hours later, Teresa, 47, posted a quote by meditation teacher Davidji on her Instagram Story: “We are the masters of each moment.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star’ had filed the petition to be allowed to relocate to Italy while still fighting the deportation in September. He had already been denied his original request to be released to the New Jersey home he shares with Teresa and their four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.
His lawyers said in documents obtained by PEOPLE that Joe was hoping to get out so he could work to make money for his family.
They also stated that Joe is still hopeful his appeal will be granted, allowing him to stay in the United States. In the event that he does prevail in his case after he has been sent to Italy, Joe requests that ICE facilitate his return home.
According to E! News, which first reported the news of Joe’s request being granted, the father of four is expected to return to Italy in the coming weeks. Flight arrangements and a travel document are in the works.
Joe has been away since he began a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud in March 2016.
He was released from prison last March but is currently being held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Clinton County Correctional Center in Pennsylvania, while he awaits a decision on his deportation ruling.
In October, an immigration court ruled to deport Joe to his native Italy after his prison sentence. (Even though he has lived in the United States since he was a child, he never obtained American citizenship, and immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony,” according to U.S. law.)
His requests to appeal the deportation ruling have thus far been denied. A final decision is pending, with a court date scheduled for November.