Joe Giudice will await his deportation ruling in ICE's custody after he's released from prison this week

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March 12, 2019 02:32 PM

Joe Giudice won’t be going home after he’s released from prison.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 48, will be transferred directly to an immigration detention center after he is released from prison on Thursday, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

According to the source, he will remain there indefinitely as he awaits his deportation ruling.

Joe is serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud that began in March 2016. His wife Teresa, 46, served a little over 11 months in prison herself for the same crimes and was released on Dec. 23, 2015.

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.)

He filed an appeal against the order in November, but a final decision has not yet been made.

While they wait for the judge’s final ruling, Teresa has admitted that she and Joe would go their separate ways if he is deported.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice
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“I’m not doing a long distance relationship. I’m not doing it,” she said on this month’s RHONJ season 9 reunion. “I want somebody with me every day.”

“I know exactly what happens — I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens,” she added. “You do the long-distance thing, it’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye bye.’ “

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She also said that moving to Italy with the four daughters just isn’t in the cards.

“Unless my kids say, ‘Mommy, we want to move to Italy,’ [we] are not going,” she said. “Gia’s going to college next year; I haven’t spoken to Milania or Audriana about it, we haven’t gotten there yet; and Gabriella already voiced her opinion to me. She was like, ‘That would be so hard for me, Mommy.’ She doesn’t speak the language. She’s like, ‘That would kill me even more.’”

“It’s like starting a whole new life,” she added. “And they’ve been through so much already.”

The Bravo star has since been spotted without her wedding ring. However, her attorney has insisted everything is fine with the Giudices.

“There is no cheating, no divorce,” lawyer James Leonard Jr. told PEOPLE last month. “End of story.”

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