So I recently got my permanent residency, ~4 months back. But b/c up until 4 months ago I was an international student (and not on a student visa) I couldn't get a job (not even a TA: though the chem dept approved me, I had to say no), couldn't apply for summer programs, internships, scholarships, etc that required at least permanent residency. Now of course, yes, I could volunteer at the hospital, volunteer to tutor, etc... but I wish there's more I could have done than just "volunteer." In that sense I feel like my activities section of the application "lacks" a tad bit. Do you think this could be something I could legitimately mention in my secondaries or in an interview or something? I personally feel like this is something I could mention (but then again, biased I'm sure ) but I feel like it's also easy to get passed as someone making up excuses or something.