Can I do volunteer work while I am waiting for my work authorization? Yes, non-U.S. citizens are permitted to perform volunteer work without needing any work authorization. Related articles Do I need to be present at the consulate with my spouse at the time of interview? How can I expedite my work permit? What happens if something comes up in my medical exam and I need to reschedule my interview? When and how will I receive my receipt notice from USCIS? What if the beneficiary wants to change their name after marriage, do they need to update all their other documents?