Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice, 47, has officially been approved to move back to his birthplace of Italy. In November 2013, the reality TV star was charged with participating in financial fraud and was sentenced to prison for 41 months. According to U.S. law, immigrants can be deported if they have committed a crime or felony. Upon Guidice’s arrest he was put into the custody of ICE, but has requested since that he be released from ICE’s custody and be free to move back to Italy.

Back in 2010, Guidice was also charged with impersonation and believed to have used his brother’s marriage and birth certificates to illegally obtain a driver’s license. Guidice came to the United States as an infant and has lived here for most of his life, although he has never obtained American citizenship.

Although the former television star would rather be at his New Jersey home with his four daughters and wife Teresa Giudice, he must serve out the rest of his deportation order, and he would rather serve it in his birth country than in ICE’s detention center.

While her husband is preparing to leave the country, Teresa has been taking care of their children with the help of her father, who now lives in New Jersey with them. Reports have said that she plans to leave him if he is deported.