In an Instagram post on Friday, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star shared a photo of the Statue of Liberty crying with her face in her hands. Teresa captioned the picture with a string of the praying hands emoji: “.”
“He is en route to Italy right now. He spoke to Teresa and Gia from the plane and he is extremely happy to be released, more than words can describe,” Joe’s lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. said in a statement to PEOPLE earlier on Friday.
Joe will continue to appeal his deportation order from the European country, PEOPLE confirmed.
“We are still fighting and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family,” Leonard’s statement continued. Joe and Teresa are parents to four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.
Prior to Friday, Joe was being held at the Clinton County Correctional Center in Pennsylvania after serving a 41-month prison sentence mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud that began in March 2016. He was released last March, but an immigration court ruled to deport Joe last October.
Joe originally requested to be released from the correctional center to his home with Teresa and their kids in New Jersey, but that request was denied. He followed up with a petition filed in September to instead be released to Italy, which was granted earlier this month.
While it’s been a long and difficult road for the Giudice family, Joe still hopes that his deportation appeal will be granted and that he will be able to return home to his family. The final decision is still pending.