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Safe — For Now: Joe Giudice Deportation Delayed Following Emergency Petition

RHONJ Star Joe Giudice Deportation Delayed Amid Emergency Petition
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Apr. 25 2019, Updated 5:22 p.m. ET

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Joe Giudice is staying in the United States — for now.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star won't be deported until a federal judge can look over his desperate petition for review, can confirm from Pennsylvania court documents.

According to the filings, the 46-year-old felon filed a motion on April 24 to put the breaks on his removal from the country he's lived in since he was a baby.

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On April 25, a clerk granted the motion, thus delaying his deportation back to Italy.

"Order temporarily granting motion for stay of removal...Removal is stayed until such time as the Court can consider the motion for stay of removal," the papers stated.

As exclusively reported, Giudice was ordered removed by an immigration judge on October 10, 2018.

He filed an appeal a month later, but on April 11, 2019, the Executive Office of Immigration denied his request. 

Teresa Giudice

Giudice is still hoping for a miracle, and is leaving no stone unturned. confirmed he filed a petition for review with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and even filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General.

“We will continue to fight to keep Mr. Giudice in the United States, the only country he knows, and reunite him with his wife and four daughters,” his lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. said in a statement to

This week, Giudice's teen daughter, Gia, created an online petition to help save her father. His wife Teresa — who admitted she will leave her husband if he's deported — supported her daughter's last-ditch effort on social media.

The petition has already garnered over 51,000 signatures on

Despite all his efforts, an immigration judge told there is "virtually no chance" he will win his case due to the serious nature of his fraud crimes.



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