Entertainment TV Joe Giudice to Remain in Prison Past Scheduled Release Until Decision on His Deportation Is Made Joe Giudice began his 41-month sentence in March 2016 By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 8, 2019 07:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email It appears Joe Giudice won’t be returning home as soon as he initially expected. The husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, who was scheduled to be released from prison on March 14, will now remain behind bars for an “unknown” amount of time until a decision on his deportation is made, Page Six reports. Giudice’s lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr., told the outlet that despite the delay in his release, his team is “optimistic [to] receive the appropriate relief” once his appeal is heard. “The custodial aspect of Mr. Giudice’s federal sentence does, in fact, expire on or about March 14, 2019,” Leonard Jr. said. “However, due to the immigration order and detainer lodged against him, that is not a release date meaning he is not coming home on that date.” “We are optimistic that once his appeal is heard, he will receive the appropriate relief and will be able to come home and remain there with his family,” he added. “They love him, they support him and they miss him tremendously.” Leonard Jr. did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Mike Coppola/Getty Joe and Teresa, both 46, have been married since 1999 and share four daughters together: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10. The couple has remained by one another’s side through their legal problems, which first sent Teresa to prison for 11 months on the same crimes of mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud as her husband’s. The Bravo star was released on Dec. 23, 2015; Joe began his 41-month sentence in March 2016. Teresa Giudice Says She Doesn’t Talk About Husband Joe’s Deportation: ‘That’s Negative Thoughts’ That support has appeared to cross over to Joe’s deportation ruling, which came in October. Even though Joe 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. While Joe’s attorneys appealed his deportation ruling in November to prevent him from having to return to his native Italy, they are still awaiting a decision. Dave Kotinsky/Getty “I hope I don’t have to cross that bridge,” Teresa told Andy Cohen of Joe’s future, during a previous installment of the RHONJ reunion. “[The lawyers] are trying their best.” Asked if Joe will have to go directly from the facility he’s in right now to an airplane, Teresa — who said she sees Joe about “once a month” — admitted she “[didn’t] know exactly the technicalities of it.” Teresa Giudice Says Husband Joe Feels ‘Tremendous Guilt’ as He Faces Deportation She also gave some insight into Joe’s mental state, revealing to the host that her husband feels guilt over the possibly of leaving his family behind. “He has tremendous guilt, but he’s very positive, very strong,” she said. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images Despite showing her support, Teresa revealed on Wednesday that she and Joe would go their separate ways if he is deported during the taping of the RHONJ season 9 reunion. “I’m not doing a long distance relationship. I’m not doing it,” Teresa told Cohen. “I want somebody with me every day. I know exactly what happens — I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens. You do the long-distance thing, it’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye-bye.’” Teresa also said that moving to Italy with their four daughters just isn’t in the cards. Teresa Giudice Confirms She’ll Split From Husband Joe If He’s Deported: ‘It’s Not Going to Work’ Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort “Unless my kids say, ‘Mommy, we want to move to Italy,’ [we] are not going,” Teresa revealed during the RHONJ reunion. “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,” Teresa added. “And they’ve been through so much already.” The mother of four was spotted without her wedding ring on Thursday.